Cancer registrars are data management experts who report cancer statistics for various healthcare agencies. Registrars work closely with physicians, administrators, researchers, and health care planners to provide support for cancer program development, ensure compliance of reporting standards, and serve as a valuable resource for cancer information with the ultimate goal of preventing and controlling cancer. 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.
What Does a Cancer Registrar Do?
Cancer registrars play an important role in cancer data management. Cancer registrars are required to collect, analyze, and disseminate cancer data. Specific duties include:
- Identifying reportable cancers.
- Abstracting patient cancer data from patient records, pathology, radiology and other reports.
- Coding and staging primary site, histology and extent of disease.
- Monitoring timeliness, completeness, and accuracy of cancer data.
- Performing cancer patient follow-up activities to identify second primaries, recurrences, and spread of disease.
- Reporting cancer data to health care officials, hospital administrators, physician regulatory agencies for use in cancer prevention and control.
- Assisting medical staff and epidemiologists in special studies and research.
- Supervising staff.
- Assuring patient privacy with data integrity and security.
Why Choose Cancer Information Management?
- The program is 100% online and was created with the working adult in mind.
- You will learn by doing through internships.
- Health Information Management is a fast growing occupation in the U.S. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- You will become a critical member of the healthcare team.
- No needles - you will work behind the scenes in the healthcare system without ever having direct patient care responsibilities.
The Southwest Tech Cancer Information Management program is accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).