Required Education and Experience:Certified Tumor Registry (CTR).
Preferred Education and Experience:Minimum of two years experience in Cancer Registry Abstracting. Knowledge of basic human/microscopic anatomy, classification of tumors, and staging systems. Knowledge of the difference between benign, uncertain potential, and malignant tumor. Understand the diagnostic procedures used to establish the diagnosis and access the extent of disease. Ability to interpret therapy reports.
Summary/Objective:Performs a variety of tasks associated with collection and abstraction of medical records from hospitals, radiation oncology, and pathology departments and free-standing surgery centers to determine and code primary site(s), histological type, stage of disease, sites of metastases and treatment given; codes and enters data into cancer registry software according to the American College of Surgeons- Commission on Cancer guidelines.
Identify and code the primary site of cancer with the understanding of the potential for spread to other organs and tissues (stage) and the lymphatic drainage for all of the major organs of the body.
Interpret therapy reports such as surgical, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, endocrine therapy, immunotherapy, and other new and experimental therapy administered for the definitive treatment of cancer.
Maintains monthly incomplete and edit reports, for monthly data submission to the CoC (RQRS), FCDS, and the annual call for NCDB data.
Keep abreast of developments in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Abstract within six months of diagnosis as required by ACOS/COC and within six months of presentation as required by FCDS.
Assists in other Cancer Registry procedures as assigned