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WCA Registrars Aid In The Fight Against Cancer
WCA Cancer Registrars Join Their Colleagues to Observe National Cancer Registrars Week


Seated, Mary Larson, CCS, CTR, WCA Hospital cancer registrar. Standing from left, Karen Piszczek, RHIT, CTR, cancer registrar. Vicki Costantini, cancer registry assistant. WCA Hospital cancer registrars join colleagues across the nation to observe National Cancer Registrars Week, April 9-13, 2012.

Jamestown, New York (Monday, April 2, 2012)—WCA Hospital cancer registrars join their colleagues, fellow medical professionals and community leaders across the nation to observe National Cancer Registrars Week (NCRW), April 9-13, 2012. The purpose of NCRW is to emphasize the foundation cancer registrars provide for cancer research, prevention, and treatment. The 2012 NCRW theme, Partners in Progress, reflects the role of the cancer registrar in partnering with the medical community for a cancer free tomorrow.

“This year’s theme—Partners in Progress—was chosen to acknowledge how cancer registrars are important allies in the fight against cancer,” notes NCRA president, Melanie W. Rogan, CTR. “They play a pivotal role by capturing data—data used by researchers and medical professionals who are seeking to advance cancer prevention programs and treatment. We celebrate National Cancer Registrars Week to honor their important contributions.”

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 health officials to better monitor and improve cancer treatment, conduct research, and target cancer prevention and screening programs.

“We provide essential information to our physicians, healthcare leaders and professionals, and health officials to better monitor and improve cancer treatment, including prevention and screening,” says Mary Larson, CCS, CTR, WCA Hospital cancer registrar. “Our hospital’s registry program is an integral part of our cancer care program which has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer—the gold seal of approval designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients since 1966. We are very excited to join our colleagues in recognizing the hard work and dedication of all cancer registrars across the nation who truly aid in the fight against cancer.”

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, the National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, that uses cancer registry data to provide updated information on cancer occurrence and trends.

WCA Hospital’s Cancer Care Program, recognized for cancer care excellence by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, is staffed by a team of expert physicians and health care professionals that provide a wide range of cancer care services from routine screenings to the diagnosis and treatment of patients diagnosed with cancer. The comprehensive cancer care team is dedicated to preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer for residents in the Chautauqua County and surrounding region. In partnership with physicians, hospital staff, and health care providers, the nationally recognized program provides a comprehensive range of high-quality, compassionate, and cost-effective services, including health education, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and psychosocial and patient navigation support.

About the National Cancer Registrars Association
Chartered in May 1974, the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) is a non-profit organization that represents more than 5,000 cancer registry professionals and Certified Tumor Registrars. The mission of NCRA is to promote education, credentialing, and advocacy for cancer registry professionals. Cancer registrars capture a complete summary of patient history, diagnosis, treatment, and status for every cancer patient in the United States, and other countries as well. Cancer registrars hope their work will lead to better treatments, and ultimately, a cure. For more information about NCRA, visit ncra-usa.org.

To learn more about WCA Hospital’s Cancer Care Program, visit their website at www.wcahospital.org.

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