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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Suzanne Neve, RHIA, CTR - Director, Cancer Registry Cancer Registry, MRA Leave a Comment

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month  Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the world and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Breast cancer can be developed at any point in someone’s life, though the risk increases with age. On average, breast cancer takes the life of an American women every 13 minutes, and another case of …

National Cancer Registrars Association Outsourcing and Perception Survey Report

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The National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) has released a 2020 report on their Outsourcing and Perception Survey which was conducted and analyzed by Association Research, Inc. Click HERE to see the survey report in totality.   The study explains in greater detail industry perceptions of cancer registry outsourcing and sheds light on the ramifications of outsourcing according to 1,690 survey responses.   Here are …

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The Ultimate List of Cancer Registry Resources for 2019

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Working in cancer registry is a tough job. Most hospitals see a diverse patient population. A registrar needs to  accurately summarize each cancer patient’s history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status while following mandated guidelines. This requires analyzing and synthesizing information from many different resources. Registrars provide critical data that is used in the management of cancer. This data provides essential …

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Preparing For the Upcoming Cancer Registry Changes: Time Is Short, but Support is Available

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Preparing For the Upcoming Cancer Registry Changes: Time Is Short, but Support is Available By Susan Mackenzie, MRA For those of us working in the cancer registry profession, you are likely very much aware of the significant changes upon us that will dramatically alter the way we work and how we collect required data for the registry. The upcoming changes …

What do all those radiation treatment modality codes mean?

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The regional treatment modality fields for radiation therapy can be tricky when deciding on the appropriate code to assign. The regional treatment modality field is used to record the dominant modality of radiation therapy used to deliver the most clinically significant regional dose to the primary volume of interest during the first course of treatment. Codes are assigned to evaluate …

Bringing Awareness to Kidney Cancer

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March is kidney cancer awareness month. So what is the role of our kidneys? The kidneys are bean shaped organs located on each side of the mid back. The kidneys are retroperitoneal organs that lie behind the peritoneum that lines the abdominal cavity. The main function of the kidneys are to filter the blood and get rid of excess water …

Best Practices to Meet Cancer Registry Reporting Deadline

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Cancer registries are legislatively mandated to collect confidential data on tumor characteristics, monitor cancer trends, aid in epidemiologic research, and collect quality cancer data elements. Abstracting Timeliness and what this means to you: Abstracting timeliness entails the completion of all analytic cases within six months from the date of initial diagnosis must be reported to your state central registry. All …

Cancer Registrars: When to Report Class of Case 00 vs. 10

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As a cancer registrar, ask yourself this question: Have you ever been involved in a lengthy discussion about the use of Class of Case 00 vs. 10? Is it frequently difficult to determine which Class of Case is more appropriate?  If you answered “yes” to either or both of these questions, you are not alone. Setting The Cancer Registry Stage …

Text Fields And The Cancer Registrar: Telling The Complete Story

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Cancer Registry Data A cancer registry abstract provides a quick glimpse into each patient’s unique story. As part of this abstract, coded data provides specific details about the cancer, such as the disease process or specific treatment that patients undergo in each facility. However, to paint a complete picture, coded data must be supplemented by text. Cancer registrars use text …

New study suggests registry gaps in follow-up information for certain cancers

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Standards 5.3 and 5.4 of the American College of Surgeons’ (ACoS) Cancer Program Standards 2012, Version 1.2.1: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care require cancer registries to perform follow-up for 80%–90% of analytic cases. This includes recording vital status, cancer status, and date of last contact. Although cancer registry follow-up guidelines exist, these guidelines are not tailored to individual risks and are mostly …