University of Wisconsin–Madison

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; and National Accreditation Standards.

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • 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.

 Education: 120 hours

 Patient Interaction: Low

 Physical Activity: Low

 Salary: $36,174

 Job Growth: Medium

Getting Started

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2014 (Wisconsin): 3,960
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 188,600
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 217,600
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 15%
Expected Annual Openings: 7,120
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $36,174

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  • The evidence-based medicine of today recognizes the skills and abilities of the cancer registrar. The increase in the number and types of health care facilities, central registries, consulting firms and registry software companies make the demand for qualified cancer registrars greater than ever.
  • There is tremendous potential for growth in government agencies, insurance, pharmaceutical and other health care industries as accurate, timely data increasingly impacts cancer control efforts.
  • Cancer Registrars who possess management and administrative skills, knowledge of medical sciences, programming, database management, data retrieval and analysis will find a ready market for those skills.