Cancer Registrars: Partners in Progress in the Nation’s Fight Against Cancer
During the week of April 9-13, Forrest General’s Cancer Registry staff will join cancer registrars, medical professionals and community leaders throughout the world in celebrating National Cancer Registrars Week. The 2012 theme, Partners in Progress, emphasizes the role of a cancer registrar in providing a foundation for cancer research, prevention and treatment and partnering with the medical community for a cancer free tomorrow.
Forrest General employs three cancer registrars that are responsible for collecting and coding patient data for submission to the Mississippi Cancer Registry. The department’s goal is to guarantee accurate and timely collection of diagnosed and/or treated cancer patient data. The registrars provide essential information to healthcare providers and health officials to better monitor and improve cancer treatment, conduct research and target cancer prevention and screening programs. Forrest General’s Cancer Registry has been in operation since 1968, which has allowed staff to evaluate patient outcomes and identify opportunities for improvement over a long period of time.
About the National Cancer Registrars Association
Chartered in May 1974, the National Cancer Registrars Association is a nonprofit organization that represents more than 5,000 cancer registry professionals and Certified Tumor Registrars. The mission of NCRA is to promote education, credentialing, and advocacy for cancer registry professionals. Cancer Registrars capture a complete summary of patient history, diagnosis, treatment, and status for every cancer patient in the United States, and other countries as well. Cancer Registrars hope their work will lead to better treatments, and ultimately, a cure. For more information about NCRA, visit ncra-usa.org.
For more information on Forrest General’s Cancer Center or Cancer Registry, call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445 or visit forrestgeneral.com.
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