Cancer Registrars Week begins Monday

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Cancer registrars throughout the world will join their colleagues, fellow medical professionals and community leaders to observe National Cancer Registrars Week, which runs today through Friday.
The purpose of NCRW is to emphasize the foundation cancer registrars provide for cancer research, prevention and treatment.
Among those observing the week locally will be Sam Underwood, tumor registrar, and JoAnn Smith, cancer conference coordinator. Both work in the tumor registry program at Taylor Regional Hospital.
Cancer registrars are data information specialists that collect and code patient-level data for cancer registries. The registries provide essential information to healthcare providers and 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 with cancer. The information is both submitted 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.
These 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, and the National Cancer Institute, that uses cancer registry data to provide updated information on cancer occurrence and trends.
In May 2010, Taylor Regional Hospital and its Cancer Program received three-year accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Taylor Regional Hospital’s Cancer program has been accredited since 1990.
The Cancer Center at Taylor Regional Hospital, located at 125 Greenbriar Drive, opened in April 2005.  
For more information, call 789-9999 or visit www.cancercentertaylorregional.org.