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1 Quality Cancer Data The Vital Role of Cancer Registrars in the Fight against Cancer Saves Lives

2 16 Million

3 1,368,030


5 62%

6 Cancer Registries n Statistics n Treatment strategies n Public health initiatives

7 Goal The ultimate goal of collecting cancer information is to prevent and control cancer and improve patient care

8 Result Assist physicians in assessing the efficacy of diagnostic and therapeutic methods

9 Result Aide in the decision making about unmet needs, physician recruitment, space needs, resource allocation, and health planning

10 Result Respond to local needs through an assessment of referral patterns, cancer trends, and development opportunities

11 Cancer-related Information n Demographics n Medical history n Diagnosis and prognosis indicators n Treatment patterns n Cancer recurrence n Survival rates n Health care insurance coverage n Patient eligibility for clinical trials

12 Different Kinds of Cancer Registries

13 Hospital Cancer Registry

14 State Cancer Registry

15 National Cancer Data Base

16 Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results Program (SEER)

17 National Program of Cancer Registries /

18 CDC: National Standards n CDC has established national standards to ensure the completeness, timeliness, and quality of Cancer Registry data

19 NPCR provides national leadership to Cancer Registries 2004 NAACCR Certification (2001 data)

20 Today, NPCR and SEER registries work collaboratively to collect and report cancer statistics on the entire U.S. population. cancer/npcr/uscs /

21 How Registries Collect Cancer Data

22 The techniques used by Cancer Registrars allows for uniform data collection

23 Abstracting Abstracting is converting a patient’s written medical record to uniform data


25 Cancer Registries have embraced technology

26 The Flow of Cancer Information: A Case Study

27 Diagnosis to treatment n Jane Smith learns from her internist that she likely has breast cancer

28 Diagnosis to treatment n Further tests are completed at the hospital

29 Diagnosis to treatment n Jane’s doctor proposes a course of treatment

30 Diagnosis to treatment n Follow-up tests show Jane to be cancer free

31 Diagnosis to treatment n Jane’s data are added to other SEER and Michigan central Cancer Registry data, and the National Cancer Data Base, where it will go through more quality processes and refinement

32 Diagnosis to treatment n The Cancer Registrar will regularly follow- up

33 Cancer Information is Used to Improve Prevention, Research, and Care

34 Evaluate patient outcome, quality of life, and satisfaction issues and implement procedures for improvement Cancer information is used in thousands of ways, including —

35 Provide cancer burden information for cancer surveillance

36 Provide information for cancer prevention activities

37 Allocate resources at local, state, and national levels

38 Develop educational programs for health care providers, patients, and the general public

39 Cancer data forms much of the body of knowledge used by medical professionals, epidemiologists, policymakers, and public health officials

40 Minnesota In Minnesota, a rare type cancer caused by asbestos exposure was identified, leading the state to look for increased state funding for occupational-related disease

41 New York Cancer registry data are now used to educate New Yorkers about cancer risk factors

42 Cancer Registrars Ensure Accuracy and Privacy

43 Inaccurate data are useless, expensive, and often harmful

44 National data are only as good as state and local data Health care providers record patient information and diagnosis Hospital-based cancer registrar abstracts patient information into uniform data sets and checks for an existing record for each patient Patient data are aggregated on a state level, and then sent to national registries (SEER or NPCR)

45 Privacy concerns are paramount to Cancer Registrars

46 Cancer Registrars: A challenging career requires quality education, and certification

47 High quality data results from trained specialists: Cancer Registrars

48 The Cancer Registrar must have comprehensive knowledge about cancer diagnoses, treatment, and information management

49 Education for Health Information Management Professionals and Cancer Registrars are similar

50 The Role of Hospital-based Registrars Goes Beyond Data Collection n Cancer Program Management n Cancer Committee Member n Monitor quality of Cancer Program Management n Provide benchmarks for quality comparison n Data Analysis for Studies n Compiling Cancer Program Annual Report n Assess referral patterns n Participate in cancer prevention n Present information to cancer committee, physicians, administration

51 n Edit the data from all facilities n Query the database for data quality reports n Merge duplicate records n Audit healthcare facilities to insure accurate, timely, complete data n Work with researchers n Contribute to data analysis for cancer program planning n Present data to the local community, schools, and others n Provide education and training for registrars Registrars in Central Cancer Registries are Key Players in Ensuring Quality Health Care

52 How Does One Become a Cancer Registrar?

53 Formal Education Programs Produce Excellent Cancer Registrars

54 CTRs have pursued higher education PhD or Masters High School Some college, associates, bachelors

55 Certification of Cancer Registrars

56 Certification ensures quality results  Establishing a standard of knowledge and experience  Measuring the requisite knowledge of CTR® applicants  Promoting professional growth and individual study  Formally recognizing Cancer Registrars who meet certification requirements

57  1983 National Tumor Registrars Association, (now NCRA) established the first certification examination for tumor registry professionals  2003 NCRA established the Council on Certification  Council on Certification Web site: NCRA’s Certification Examination

58 NCRA: Resources for Registrars

59 NCRA represents Cancer Registry professionals and CTRs

60 NCRA offers: n Multiple educational and networking opportunities n Annual national conference to build knowledge and expertise n Promotion of professional standards and ethics n Management of the CTR process and NCRA’s Council on Certification n Publication of a peer-reviewed scientific journal and a quarterly newsletter n A Web site offering a wide range of publications and information about educational opportunities n

61 Cancer Registry is a Dynamic Profession

62 n Registrars are dedicated, enthusiastic, and self motivated professionals n Registrars work closely with physicians and administrators n Registry data makes a difference in patient care and cancer research n Registrars perform a wide variety of interesting tasks, including data analysis n The profession offers regular work day hours with holidays and vacations n There is minimal supervision required for self motivated registrars Cancer Registry is a dynamic profession

63 Cancer Registry careers are rewarding Registrar/Abstractor/Data Manager Administrators & Directors $33,600 $61,600

64 Cancer Registrars Have Many Career Opportunities n Hospitals and Health Care Facilities n Software Vendors n Government Agencies n Pharmaceutical Companies n Outsourcing or Contract services

65 You and Cancer Registries: A Smart Choice for a Bright Future

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