Quality cancer data is central to the nation’s fight against cancer, and cancer registrars are the first link in capturing that data. Cancer registrars are data information specialists that capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the U.S. The data provide essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research, and improve cancer prevention and screening programs.
How Does One Become a Cancer Registrar?
Traditionally, cancer registrars were trained on the job. Today, formal education programs at colleges around the country teach cancer data management. Curricula include cancer and its management, medical terminology, anatomy; and physiology, biostatistics and epidemiology, cancer data; abstracting, database record management, cancer program management,cancer registry procedures, among others.
For more information on becoming a cancer registrar and NCRA's formal accredited education programs, click on the following links: