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
- 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; and National Accreditation Standards.
- 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
- Cancer Registrars work in healthcare facilities such as
hospitals, surgery centers, medical oncology and radiation oncology
- They are also employed by Central registries, consulting firms and cancer registry computer software companies.