National Cancer Registrars Week Observed at UM Shore Regional Health

For immediate release: April 13, 2015

Cancer Registrars at UM Shore Regional Health

Diana Evans, Cancer Registrar; Brooke Miller, Clinical Data Assistant; and Jeanie Scott, CTR, Cancer Registry Coordinator from the Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

During the week of April 6-10, cancer registrars worldwide observed National Cancer Registrars Week, which was established to emphasize the important role that cancer registrars play in capturing and supplying the data that informs cancer research, prevention and treatment programs.

This year's theme - Cancer Registrars: The Lighthouse in a Storm of Change - symbolizes how cancer registrars have stayed the course through multiple changes in the ways that cancer is diagnosed and treatment protocols, which are ever changing.

Cancer registrars work in a variety of cancer treatment and research settings - including the Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health - and manage a broad spectrum of demographic and medical data on patients with cancer. This critical information is submitted to state and national cancer registries, who utilize the data to accurately determine cancer patient populations, measure outcomes of treatment and survival, and formulate quality improvement plans. Data obtained by cancer registrars is also used in a number of publications and by multiple organizations including the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.

"Our cancer registrars at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health play a vital role in the care that the Cancer Center provides to its patients," comments Brian Leutner, director of Oncology Services at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health. "The data collected by our team is used to track and trend cancer diagnoses and treatment protocols of our patients throughout the region, which better enables us to measure outcomes and improve upon the care that we provide."