The cancer registrar is involved in managing and analyzing clinical cancer information for the purpose of education, research, and outcome measurement.
The primary responsibility of the cancer registrar is to ensure that timely, accurate, and complete data is incorporated and maintained on all types of cancer diagnosed and/or treated within an institution or other defined population. Information is entered into the database manually and through database linkage and computer interfaces.
Cancer registrars bridge the information gap by capturing a complete summary of the patient's disease from diagnosis through their lifetime. The information is not limited to the episodic information contained in the health care facility record. The summary or abstract is an ongoing account of the cancer patient's history, diagnosis, treatment, and current status.
In addition to managing and reporting cancer data, registrars serve in multiple other professional activities. Cancer registrars participate in cancer program, institution, and community benefit activities as part of the active leadership structure. Registrars provide benchmarking services, monitor quality of care and clinical practice guidelines, assess patterns of care and referrals, and monitor adverse outcomes including mortality and co-morbidity. Cancer registrars can provide consultative services on many issues including registry management and program standards.
- Review pathology reports, autopsy reports, medical oncology consults, radiation oncology consults, and disease index to identify eligible patients with a reportable malignant diagnosis for inclusion into the cancer registry database
- Abstract pertinent information on all cancer patients in compliance with ACOS, state cancer registry and hospital cancer program guidelines
- Maintain lifetime follow-up information on all cancer patients accessioned in the registry with accuracy and timeliness as per ACOS standards
- Responsible for coordinating all cancer registry activities and other pertinent cancer program functions, including completion of the Survey Application Record (SAR) and organizing all required documents prior to on-site survey by CoC
- Coordinate cancer program activities including the interface of the cancer registry with the Cancer Committee, Tumor Board and other related clinical quality assurance programs