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March 28, 2013
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Meeting CoC Standard 5.1: Test Before January 2015 Deadline
Cancer registry managers should note that there are only a few Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) testing windows open before the January 2015 deadline. To meet this deadline, all cancer registry staff who perform case abstracting at a CoC-accredited program must hold a current CTR credential. The National Cancer Registrars Association’s (NCRA) Council of Certification encourages CoC-accredited facilities to begin planning for the deadline by determining who on staff needs to earn the credential. Learn more at

NCRA’s Spring Webinar Series on Strategic Abstracting
To complement its successful strategic abstracting webinar series held last fall, NCRA has scheduled three new webinars on thyroid, pancreas, and breast. The webinars will feature discussions of the complex relationships among editing, coding rules, and clinical workups in the abstracting process and showcase the best coding approach for hospitals and central registries. Participants are encouraged to submit questions before the webinar to ensure that critical issues are addressed. To learn more about the webinars, including how to submit questions and to register, visit
  • Thyroid (March 27, 2013) presented by Shirley Jordan Seay, PhD, OCN, CTR
  • Pancreas (April 17, 2013) presented by April Fritz, BA, RHIT, CTR
  • Breast (May 15, 2013) presented by SuAnn McFadden, CTR

Results of the First National Workload and Staffing Study of Central Cancer Registries
The NCRA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) commissioned a national survey of current practices and staffing at central cancer registries. The findings were recently published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Registry Management; the full study, “Workload and Time Management in Central Cancer Registries,” will be released in spring 2013. Prepared by Susan A. Chapman, PhD, RN, and Vanessa Lindler, MA, at the Center for Health Professions, University of California, San Francisco, the survey responds to requests from experts in the field for more research on workload and staffing guidelines for central cancer registries.

The survey outlines the work of registrars in central cancer registries, highlights issues that make performing central cancer registry work challenging, and analyzes the relationship between workload and staffing within central registries. Respondents expressed concerns about adequate staffing and the need to find qualified cancer registry staff to hire. These concerns are consistent with NCRA’s 2011 hospital registry workload study, “NCRA Workload and Staffing Study: Guidelines for Hospital Cancer Registry Programs.” Download the journal article.

Dr. Robert Hiatt to Deliver Keynote Address at NCRA’s Annual Educational Conference
Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD, professor and chair, department of epidemiology and biostatistics, director of population sciences, and associate director, UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center will be the keynote speaker at NCRA’s 2013 Annual Educational Conference, May 30–June 2, at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, CA. His presentation, “Using Cancer Registry Data to Define the Research Agenda for Cancer Centers,” will address the question of how the characteristics of the cancer burden for the population and region served by a cancer center can help drive the center’s research agenda. To learn more, including additional details on the 40 scheduled plenary and breakout sessions, and to register visit the NCRA conference page.

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