Certified tumor registrars work in hospitals and other medical institutions to document cancer diagnoses and treatments. This data is required by law to be reported to a state registry, and these registrars may also be required to provide follow-up services to remind patients and physicians to schedule regular and follow-up exams. It is also often necessary to create reports for individual patients regarding diseases, treatments, and outcomes.
Patient information must be kept confidential, and strong computer, word processing, and database management skills are essential for this position. Information may need to be pulled from the registrar if it is requested by medical personnel, and it's also necessary to compile and analyze statistical data. These registrars should be able to work with cancer data collection software such as CNExt, and knowledge of medical codes is also important. They must stay up-to-date with all cancer registrar regulations, and also in changes to medical coding. There may be other tumor registrars to make up a team, but much of the work is done independently, so it is important to be self-motivated.
An associate’s degree may be a minimum requirement for this position, and strong knowledge of medical terminology is needed and can be obtained from post secondary coursework. Certification through the National Cancer Registrars Association is also required, which can be obtained through completing a certified education program and passing an exam.
Certified Tumor Registrar Tasks
Attain follow-up data by reviewing medical records, physician notes and interviewing patients.
Compile, organize and report medical case data.
Prepare data reports for review by management staff.
Perform case audits and reviews to ensure accuracy of data.
Abstract and code clinical data.