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Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR)
Cancer Registrars possess the clinical and technical knowledge and skills necessary to maintain components of the disease-related data collection systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, and legal and accreditation requirements of the health care delivery system. In all types of facilities, and in various locations within a facility, cancer registrars manage and analyze clinical cancer information for the purpose of processing, maintaining, compiling and reporting health information for: •Research •Quality Management and Improvement •Facility Planning and Marketing •Long-Term Follow Up •Cancer Program Development •Cancer Prevention and Surveillance •Survival Data •Compliance with Reporting Standards •Evaluation of the Results of Treatment •National Accreditation Standards.

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Work Activities/Environment
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.

Cancer Registrars capture 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.

They 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 work in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, surgery centers, medical oncology and radiation oncology sites.

They are also employed by Central registries, consulting firms and cancer registry computer software companies.

Academic/Special Requirements
High school student should study health, medical terminology, biology, chemistry and computer courses.

Formal education is required see Education and Training above.

Due to standard requirements, accredited facilities choose to hire abstractors with the accreditation CTR.

Educational Institutions
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

According to “Salary Considerations for Cancer Registrars” published by NCRA in May 2013, average salary is $50,000.

Professional Organizations
American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
633 N. St. Clair Street
Chicago, IL, 60611-3211

American Health Information Management Association
233 N. Michigan Ave., 21st Floor
Chicago, IL, 60601-5809
312/233-1100 or 800/335-5535

National Cancer Registrars Association
1330 Braddock Place, Suite 520
Alexandria, VA, 22314

National Program of Cancer Registries
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA, 30329-4027

North American Association of Central Cancer Registeries
2050 W. Iles, Suite A
Springfield, IL, 62704-7412

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