A certified cancer registrar is the person who is responsible for maintaining a database with information regarding cancer patients for research and treatment purposes. This is a position that usually works in the health information technology field. This person will work in an office, generally within cancer care facilities or governmental health agencies. This person will generally work with other office personnel and health information technicians. This position requires a person who has been certified from the national cancer registrars association, which requires a 160-hour practicum with a cancer registry, an associate’s degree (preferably in health care or information technology with coursework in anatomy), and several hours of cancer registry work experience.
A certified cancer registrar is generally responsible for the management of databases relating to cancer patients, cancer prevention, and cancer treatment. Some responsibilities and duties associated with the position include maintaining files, maintaining confidentiality, examining medical records, examining pathology records, determining patient eligibility for cancer registry, translating medical terminology into coding which records all of a patient’s information, compiling data from medical facilities, reporting data from medical facilities, maintaining contact with cancer patients, and ensuring that all information is accurate.
A certified cancer registrar should be extremely proficient with computers, as well as all technology and software used in their office. This person should have expert communication skills, organizational skills. This registrar should pay great attention to detail and maintain current knowledge of medical terminology. This person should be eager to learn and maintain a professional, optimistic attitude.
Certified Cancer Registrar Tasks
Perform case audits and reviews to ensure accuracy of data.
Attain follow-up data by reviewing medical records, physician notes, and interviewing patients.
Compile, organize, and report medical case data.
Abstract and code clinical data.
Prepare data reports for review by management staff.