Cancer Registrar

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Individuals interested in the field of health information technology (HIT) are presented with a vast array of HIT related jobs and professions to choose from, many of which are highly specialized, such as the certified tumor registrar (CTR). A cancer registry is a compilation of all cancer related data on all cancer patients, including their demographics, medical histories, diagnostic findings, and follow up assessments. This information provides health care professionals with the necessary data and tools to successfully develop, implement, assess and evaluate current and future treatments and therapies for the overall goal of preventing and controlling cancer (NCRA, 2002). The registry is also a key tool in providing necessary data to…show more content…
The NCRA website has a list of accredited programs for becoming a CTR (NCRA, 2002). Those who are currently employed in the Health Information Management field are considered adequately trained in order to easily transition into the cancer registry field with minimal additional training (CDC, 2007). The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has partnered with the NCRA to develop a Cancer Registry Management (CRM) program that can be completed in order to be eligible to sit for the CTR exam. Registered Health Information Administrators (RHIA) and Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT) have already completed the prerequisites for the CRM program and may advance directly to the specialty courses, which take 15 weeks each to complete (AHIMA, 2009). In order to maintain certification status in the continually advancing field of cancer, the CTR must regularly undergo continuing education (NCRA, 2002).
Work Settings Cancer registrars can find opportunities for careers in a diverse group of settings,. According to the NCRA, more than 50 percent of cancer registrars are employed in hospitals. Due to the advancement of information technology, the remaining half find themselves in various work environments, such as state central cancer registry, consulting companies, vendors, education programs, private practices, and national standard setting organizations (Cassidy, 2009). Cancer
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