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Tracking Cancer Cases is a Top Priority

NORMAN - Norman Regional Health System is taking part in an annual worldwide event to thank health care workers who track one of the deadliest diseases in the world - cancer.

April 12 through April 16, 2010 is National Cancer Registrars Week, a weeklong event to honor the men and women who work as registrars. Registrars are the first link in capturing data on patients diagnosed with cancer which leads to improved cancer control and tracking of possible cancer trends.

“Cancer registrars are an integral part of the cancer program,” said NCRA president Inez Evans. “The cancer registries work with physicians, administrators, researchers and health care planners to provide support for cancer program development. They are a valuable resource for cancer information with the ultimate goal of preventing and controlling cancer.”

Norman Regional Health System has two Cancer Registrars. Kay Travis and Cecyle Haley are both Certified Tumor Registrars and are responsible for collecting and completing extremely detailed abstracts on every cancer patient that comes through the Health System.

In 2008, Haley and Travis added 735 patients to the cancer registry.

“You have to know the enemy before you can fight it effectively. That’s where cancer registry comes in,” said Haley. “We collect detailed data from diagnostic procedures, all cancer-related treatments to lifetime follow-up on every patient diagnosed and/or treated at NRHS. The data is reported to the National Cancer Database, Oklahoma Central Cancer Registry, NRHS Administration, physicians and the surrounding community.”

According to the National Cancer Registrars Association, cancer research and control would virtually be nonexistent without the Cancer Registrar. These medical professionals are data management experts. Because of their dedicated work, cancer programs are able to accurately determine cancer patient populations, measure outcomes and treatment and survival and formulate plans for quality improvement.

For Haley, it is a job she loves. “It’s very rewarding to know the quality data collected by the cancer registry makes a difference in the lives of cancer patients not only at NRHS, but throughout the world.”

Last year President Barack Obama designated April as National Cancer Control Month.

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