Handy List of Resources on the Web
Most cancer registrars, at one time or another, go through volumes of books to do cancer reporting. The cancer registry standard setters provide a repository of books on abstracting, coding instructions and guidelines with titles spanning the entire alphabet. For example, do you remember lugging around books for AJCC, CS, DAM, FORDS, ICD-O, MPH, ROADS, NAACCR, SEER, etcetera?
These days, registrars still rely on a large number of references and resources to do
their job. However, through technology, most items are contained within PC-based abstracting software or available on the Web.
There are benefits to web-based formats over PC-based software. While PC-based software pulls everything together in one place for registrars, web-based resources save time, money and IT headaches. Here’s how.
- Updates are automatic: users do not have to install anything to access the latest revisions.
- Allows access from any computer or device with an Internet connection; best choice for traveling registrars or consultants.
- Eliminates the need for IT assistance, logins and passwords for installing software on work computers.
Each standard setter has their own dedicated webpage with links and easy access to a myriad of resources. But navigating websites and finding resources is sometimes confusing and time-consuming.
So to help registrars, I’ve compiled a list of the best direct links. Whether you are a seasoned registrar or just starting in the field, keep this list handy. And happy surfing!
CANCER REGISTRY RESOURCES
Massachusetts Abstracting and Coding Manual, 5th edition, Section II
SEER Program Coding and Staging Manual 2013, Introduction and General Instructions
CASEFINDING (CASE ASCERTAINEMENT)
Casefinding ICD-9-CM or ICD-10 code list
International Classification of Diseases for Oncology (ICD-O-3) – hard copy
ABSTRACTING AND CODING
Massachusetts Abstracting and Coding Manual, 5th edition
Facility Oncology Registry Data Standards (FORDS)
Multiple Primary and Histology Rules
AJCC Staging Manual – hard copy
Summary Staging Manual – hard copy
Interactive antineoplastic drugs database
Chapter X: Data Dictionary data items are presented in alphabetical order by item names. For each item, a general description, specific codes and definitions are provided. For many items, the document provides a brief rationale for collecting the data item or for using the codes listed.
CoC CANCER PROGRAM ACCREDITATION
Cancer Program and Data Standards
Cancer Protocols (CAP)
Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS)
Best Practices Repository (BPR) – Best practices to assist you in meeting the standards.
NATIONAL CANCER DATABASE (NCDB) DATA SUBMISSION
NATIONAL ACCREDITATION PROGRAM FOR BREASTS CENTERS (NAPBC)Program standards and components
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERSSEER Inquiry (SINQ)
Ask a SEER Registrar
Data Collection Q&A