The job of a cancer registrar (cancer data specialist) is to collect, abstract, analyze, and retrieve cancer statistics. It is Indiana State law that cancer cases be reported to the Indiana Department of Health's Cancer Registry where this data is in turn sent to the Center for Disease Control. At Community Anderson, various items of data are collected, including treatment management and physician TNM staging utilizing American Joint Commission on Cancer staging criteria. Once cancer data is entered into our Cancer Registry database, each patient is followed for life.
Our cancer survivors are not only remembered at annually on Cancer Survivor Day, but also daily within our Cancer Registry. Cancer statistics, including morbidity and mortality, help to formulate new treatment strategies and to increase awareness of changing trends or patterns in cancer detection, diagnosis and survival.