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National Cancer Registrars Week April 8-12

Cancer registrars throughout the world will join their colleagues, fellow medical professionals, and community leaders to observe the 17th annual National Cancer Registrars Week (NCRW) from April 8-12, 2013. The purpose of NCRW is to emphasize the important role cancer registrars play in capturing the data that informs cancer research, prevention, and treatment programs.

Patient-level data collected and coded by cancer registrars is used to produce cancer registries, which supplies essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and health officials.  The information provided by the registries helps these professionals better monitor and improve cancer treatment, conduct research, and target cancer prevention and screening programs.  Cornerstones of Care — the 2013 theme — emphasizes how the data creates a solid foundation for developing effective cancer treatments and prevention initiatives.

Cancer registrars work in a variety of cancer treatment and research settings and manage a wide range of demographic and medical data on those with cancer. The information is both submitted to and utilized by state and national cancer registries to enable cancer programs to accurately determine cancer patient populations, measure outcomes of treatment and survival, and formulate plans for improvement.


Last Reviewed: March 29, 2013