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Health Information Management - Emphasis in Cancer Registry Management - CERT B

The Health Information Management certificate with an emphasis in cancer registry provides instruction and clinical experience to assist in developing the technical skills necessary to become a Certified Tumor Registrar. Tumor (or cancer) registrars are responsible for the preparation, coordination, security and maintenance of health records in a variety of health-care settings.


Each time a patient is diagnosed with cancer, the health care practitioner records information, including patient history, test results, cancer diagnosis, and any plans for treatment. Certified Tumor Registrars (CTRs) thoroughly investigate these cases to obtain information that is then entered into abstracts. De-identified information from these abstracts are sent to the National Cancer Database to be compiled for cancer research. Information is also sent to state registries where cancer information on a patient is compiled into one record for completeness. The state registry also shares de-identified information with the National Cancer Database. Tumor Registrars (also known as Cancer Registrars) also assist the facility in obtain or meeting requirements for accreditation. In addition, registrars organize Tumor Board meetings and Cancer Committee meetings. They disseminate generalized cancer statistics and information in annual reports as well as follow up with patients to check on cancer status. Cancer Registrars work in a variety of locations; clinics, hospitals, and state registries are only a few.


National Cancer Registrars Association
1330 Braddock Place, Suite 520
Alexandria, VA 22314

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