Celebrate National Cancer Registrars Week 2010

Missouri Cancer Registry Staff Celebrate

During the week of April 12-16, 2010, cancer registrars throughout the world will be recognized for their dedication to quality cancer data management. The Department of Health Management and Informatics would like to commend the registrars in our state who work so hard to capture and record useful information about this devastating disease.

This year's National Cancer Registrars Week theme is "Cancer Registrars are Recording Artists" which recognizes that cancer registrars are the first link in capturing standardized data on patients diagnosed with cancer. Cancer registrars are data management experts in cancer treatment and research settings. They find, interpret and record a wide range of demographic and medical information on people with cancer. As health care professionals, Cancer Registrars ensure timely, accurate and complete collection of quality cancer data; records that are fundamental to the nation's cancer prevention and treatment efforts. Specifically, this data enables cancer programs to accurately determine cancer patient populations, measure outcomes of treatment and survival, and formulate plans for quality improvement. Reports from the Cancer Registry database can be useful in the hospital's strategic planning and marketing efforts.

In addition, compiling data submitted by local cancer registrars helps epidemiologists track cancer activity in Missouri and the nation. With the state-wide assistance of hospital registrars like ours, the Missouri Cancer Registry (part of HMI, through a partnership with the MO Department of Health and Senior Services) meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Program of Cancer Registries standards and is recognized by the North American Association of Cancer Registrars (NAACCR) at the prestigious gold level. Approximately 200 cancer registrars work in health care organizations across our state. Please join me to commemorate the valuable work performed by the cancer registry staff. This is an opportunity for all health care professionals to become familiar with their hospital's cancer registry.

Happy National Cancer Registrars Week!

Grant T. Savage, Ph.D.
Chairman and Health Management and Informatics Alumni Distinguished Professor
Health Management and Informatics Department
University of Missouri School of Medicine