Cancer Data Review

Cancer Tumor Registrars at Kirkland Cancer Center.The Tumor Registry is an important part of the Kirkland Cancer Center at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. The registry is a collection of data of patients diagnosed and/or treated with cancer. The data includes patient demographics, extent of disease, treatment, and lifetime follow-up. It is staffed by two full-time certified tumor registrars who are trained in current cancer care methods, information collection, and statistical evaluation. The registrars are members of the National Cancer Registrars Association.

Since our 1990 reference date, the registrars have accessioned over 30,000 cases with approximately 1,500 new cases diagnosed/treated in 2013. A follow-up rate of 90 percent is consistently maintained with a physician or patient follow-up letter.

Quality assurance is performed by a physician audit on at least 10 percent of yearly cases. This assures accuracy in staging in addition to establishing a link between the medical staff and registry.

Registry data may be used to:

  • Monitor patient outcomes
  • Provide current patient follow-up and disease status
  • Determine community screenings and early detection programs
  • Evaluate referral patterns
  • Calculate patient survival
  • Plan administrative and educational programs

Registry data is submitted to:

  • Tennessee Cancer Registry
  • Facility Information Profile System
  • National Cancer Data Base
  • American Cancer Society

Researchers use these systems to determine cancer trends and treatment patterns, patient outcomes, educational and community screenings guidelines.

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