PHI and C/NET Solutions Salute Cancer Registrars
Statement by Alan Houser, MS, MPH, Director of C/NET Solutions
In recognition of National Cancer Registrars Week from April 7-11, C/NET Solutions and the Public Health Institute salute cancer registrars everywhere and congratulate the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) on 40 years of support, education and advocacy for their membership and the collection of cancer data.
This year’s theme for National Cancer Registrars Week – Steadfast in an Evolving Environment – was chosen to acknowledge how cancer registrars are committed to staying current in the rapidly changing worlds of cancer diagnosis, treatment and management. Through continuing education, registrars ensure they are up-to-date on the medical and technological advances in order to provide the essential information needed by researchers, health care providers, and health officials to better monitor and improve cancer treatment, conduct research, and target cancer prevention and screening programs.
Cancer registrars work in a variety of cancer treatment and research settings and manage a wide range of demographic and medical data on those who have cancer. The information is 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. The data are included in numerous publications, including the prestigious Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer – a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries – which uses cancer registry data to provide updated information on cancer occurrence and trends.
For more information, see the NCRA website.