Berlin, Md. – Cancer registrars throughout the world will join their colleagues, fellow
medical professionals, and community leaders to observe the 21st annual National Cancer Registrars Week (NCRW), April 10-14, 2017. The 2017 theme,
Cancer Registrars: Putting the Pieces Together, reflects cancer registrars’ role in compiling the critical information
needed to support effective cancer treatment and research, with the ultimate
goal of preventing cancer and finding a cure.
“Quality cancer data is central to the nation’s fight against
cancer, and cancer registrars are the first link in capturing that data.
National Cancer Registrars Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge
the central role registrars play in the research, treatment, and prevention
of cancer,” noted National Cancer Registrars Association president
Linda Corrigan, MHE, RHIT, CTR.
Cancer registrars are data information specialists that collect and code
patient-level data for cancer registries. The registries provide essential
information to healthcare providers and health officials to better monitor
and improve cancer treatment, conduct research, and target cancer prevention
and screening programs.
Corrigan, who is the cancer registrar for Atlantic General Hospital’s
Regional Cancer Care Center, collects a multitude of data points regarding
cancer diagnosis and treatment in Worcester County and the surrounding
area. Melanoma, breast and colorectal cancers comprise the majority of
diagnoses. Regardless of type, treatment is often complex.
According to cancer registry data from 2014 through 2015, half of all cancer
patients treated at Atlantic General Hospital received more than one type
of treatment for their cancer. Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapies
are often used in combination to develop the most appropriate treatment
for each patient. Communication and coordination among treating physicians
is essential with multiple therapeutic modalities.
“The data we are collecting and the volumes of patients being treated
at the Regional Cancer Care Center speaks to the need for expanded, holistic
cancer care services for our community. Atlantic General Hospital recognizes
this need and is diligently working to continue providing and expanding
its treatment options right here, in our community,” added Corrigan.
About the National Cancer Registrars Association
Chartered in May 1974, the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA)
is a non-profit organization that represents more than 5,800 cancer registry
professionals and Certified Tumor Registrars (CTRs). The mission of NCRA
is to promote education, credentialing, and advocacy for cancer registry
professionals. Cancer registrars are data information specialists that
capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for
every cancer patient in the U.S. The data provide essential information
to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better
monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research, and improve cancer
prevention and screening programs. For more information, visit the NCRA
website at www.ncra-usa.org.