A monthly news service for Constituents of the Commission on Cancer.
NCDB Staff Member Receives 2010 National Cancer Registrars Association Distinguished Member Award
Earlier this month, Jerri Linn Phillips, MA, CTR, was awarded the Distinguished Member Award by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA). Recipients of this award have been active within the organization and were recognized for their contributions to the cancer registry community as a whole. Jerri Linn joins a select few who have been recognized by NCRA for having made substantial, long-term and long-lasting contributions to the registry field and more broadly to cancer surveillance in the United States. Jerri Linn has been a Certified Tumor Registrar for over 20 years.
During the span of her career she has authored or contributed to over 70 publications and been an integral contributor to the development of data standardization within the cancer registry community. She served as one of the very early Chairs of the North American Association of Cancer Registry Uniform Data Standards Committee, laying the groundwork and setting the tone for the numerous dynamic and collaborative initiatives that continue to this day. She has been an unyielding educator, and an annual presence at national, regional and state cancer registry meetings and educational events. The Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) are lucky and privileged to have her on staff, indirectly as a contractor starting in the mid-'90s and then directly on staff for the past eight years, where she currently serves as the NCDB Manager for Data Standards. The advances the NCDB has made over the past decade are in no small part attributable to the depth of her knowledge, skill, and background. Her colleagues at the CoC and NCDB cannot understate the significance of this award, or their pride in knowing how deserving Jerri Linn is of this recognition from the broader community of her peers. As Jerri Linn often reminds us, "Registrars Count!"
From Birds Eye To Bedside: Getting Research Results To Surgeons Faster
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is partnering with researchers from the University of Michigan and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to bring research results faster to surgeons who treat patients with breast cancer. The Commission is working with the Cancer Surveillance and Outcomes Research Team (CanSORT) (http://www.cansort.org) centered at the University of Michigan to disseminate their population-based research findings directly to surgeons. CanSORT performs NCI funded research in collaboration with two NCI SEER registries to study the quality of surgical treatment for breast cancer in the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, CA, and Detroit, MI.
The CoC is sponsoring a CME-accredited interactive Web site with research results tailored for surgeons who participated in these studies. CanSORT has completed the first phase of obtaining feedback from surgeons about the Web site to improve ways to disseminate research results directly to surgeons. Thirty-five percent of the surgeon sample have logged into the Web site and participated in the survey.
The interactive Web site is now available online to support the broader community of surgeons interested and involved in breast cancer care. You can preview the Web site at http://www.cansortsurgeons.org. Access code is required.
This initiative was presented at the Third Annual National Institutes of Health Dissemination and Implementation in Health meeting in 2010. For more information about this initiative, contact Sarah T. Hawley, PhD MPH, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.