There are few things that cause more terror in people than learning about the existence of tumors within their body. It is news that often sets a patient on a very long and grueling path toward remission and recovery, and there are many medical professionals who are tasked with aiding the patient and their loved ones along that rocky road. The tumor registrar is not there in the hospital room with the patient. The patient is usually never aware of their presence, but their work is important in the overall process of helping the patient overcome their affliction.
Doctors, nurses, and surgeons require well-kept records and complete, concise collections of medical data in order to make sure that their diagnoses and care is optimal. The tumor registrar is one of the people involved in this understated yet vital process. They collect data from examinations and tests, review the patient's current status and medical history, and organize that data for medical professionals. They also keep it organized, so that the information is properly recorded in databases for future care. The tumor registrar also prepares reports, based on patient data and aggregate data. Some registrars operate in a supervisory capacity, managing other tumor registrars.
A tumor registrar should have excellent organizational skills, as well as a well-developed ability to understand and operate computer systems. A high school diploma or GED is usually sufficient education for most employers, though certification through the National Cancer Registrars Association is also often a requirement. Continuing education is required to maintain this certification.
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.