National Cancer Registrars Week: The Role of Registrars in Cancer Treatment and Prevention
April 8-12, 2019 is National Cancer Registrars Week (NCRW). Cancer registrars play an important role in the proper diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients, and the purpose of NCRW is to emphasize registrars’ role cancer in capturing the data that informs cancer research, prevention, and treatment programs.
The 2019 National Cancer Registrars theme is Capturing the Picture of Cancer. The theme reflects cancer registrars’ role in compiling critical data to support effective cancer treatment and research, with the goal of cancer prevention 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.” – Janet Reynolds, NCRA president, BS, CTR
Cancer Statistics at a Glance:
- Cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide. In 2012, there were 14.1 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths worldwide. International Agency for Research on Cancer
- Approximately 38.4% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes (based on 2013–2015 data). Cancer.gov
- In 2017, an estimated 15,270 children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 were diagnosed with cancer.
- Estimated national expenditures for cancer care in the United States in 2017 were $147.3 billion. In future years, costs are likely to increase as the population ages and cancer prevalence increases.
What Do Cancer Registrars Do?
The role of cancer registrars, as data information specialists, is to collect and code patient-level data for cancer registries. Cancer registries provide this necessary information to healthcare providers and health officials in order to better monitor and improve cancer treatments, conduct appropriate cancer research, and target cancer prevention and screening programs.
Cancer registrars work in a variety of cancer treatment and research settings, managing a wide range of both demographic and medical data on those with cancer. The information collected by registrars is submitted to cancer registries at both state and national levels, and used to enable cancer programs to accomplish the following:
- Determine cancer patient populations
- Measure outcomes of treatment and survival
- Formulate plans for the improvement of cancer treatments and prevention
The data are included in publications such as the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.
The National Cancer Registrars Association
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.
3 Ways to Celebrate NCRW and Share Awareness of the Importance of Registrars
- Promote a cancer awareness project.
- Set-up information about the cancer registry in your workplace lobby
- Highlight the importance of cancer registrars and the role they play in proper diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients on social media.
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