March 21, 2018

National Cancer Registrar’s Week April 9 to 13

By msequeira

Governor Susana Martinez signed a proclamation designating April 9 through 13 as National Cancer Registrar's Week throughout New Mexico.

This year's theme, Cancer Registrars: Hidden Jewels of Cancer Care, reflects cancer registrars’ role in compiling the critical information needed to support effective cancer treatment and research, with the ultimate goal of preventing cancer and finding a cure.

Cancer registrars are data information specialists who collect and code patient-level data for cancer registries. The registries provide essential information to healthcare providers and health officials to better monitor and improve cancer treatment, conduct research, and target cancer prevention and screening programs.

The UNMCCC Cancer Registry is staffed by:

  • four full-time staff who are Certified Tumor Registrars (CTRs), and
  • four full-time medical abstractors, who are training to become Certified Tumor Registrars.

The CTR is the credential that signifies professional excellence in the cancer registry field. They are active members of the National Cancer Registrar Association. NCRA is a volunteer organization with over 5,800 members. Its mission is to serve as the premier education, credentialing, and advocacy resource for cancer data professionals.

Tags: Clinic, Notes, Registrar