State Agencies | Online Services

Cancer Registrars Week


Cancer registrars throughout the world will join their colleagues, fellow medical professionals, and community leaders to observe the 22nd annual National Cancer Registrars Week (NCRW), April 9-13, 2018.


The 2018 theme, Cancer Registrars: Hidden Jewels of Cancer Care — reflects cancer registrars’ role in compiling the quality cancer data that is crucial in the fight against cancer. Cancer registrars capture the data that are used by researchers, medical professionals, and public health to support advances in cancer research, monitor and improve cancer treatment to improve patient care, and target cancer prevention and screening programs.  


Cancer registrars who work at facilities that diagnosis and/or treat persons with cancer collect information on diagnosis, treatment, and health status on each of their patients with cancer. Cancer registrars at ODH’s Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System (OCISS) compile information from the hospitals, ambulatory clinics, treatment facilities and physician offices that diagnose and treat these patients and create a single record that best describes each and every cancer diagnosed and/or treated in the State of Ohio. 


OCISS data consistently meet national standards for data completeness and data quality and, as a result, are included in numerous national publications including the prestigious Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.  OCISS data were key to the development of Ohio’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2015-2020


OCISS data were most recently published in the Ohio Annual Cancer Report 2018.


More information on OCISS can be found here:


Page Updated: 4/2/2018