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HDIC 2018 Session Recording-All Things Cancer Registry

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Session recording from the 2018 Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference (HDIC):


All Things Cancer Registry

Vicki Hawhee, M.Ed, CTR



The cancer registrar is one of the hidden gems of the healthcare system and an integral part of the oncology team.  To gather pertinent and relevant data to combat cancer, the National Cancer Act of 1971 declared a “war on cancer” and made the reporting of cancer required by law. Many organizations use this data to provide survival statistics, standardization of best course of treatment, and incidence and prevalence. The cancer registrar is tasked with reporting all cancer data to the appropriate agencies in a specific format. Cancer registries must follow specific rules when determining the data elements that must be reported—many reference tools of which are freely available. Any healthcare professional can use these references to help understand oncology terminology, treatment guidelines, staging information and more. Attendees will receive this reference list that includes a brief introduction on how to use it to find information.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn the educational requirements necessary to become a cancer registrar.
2. List the duties/job responsibilities of a cancer registrar.
3. Describe how cancer data is reported and why it is so important.
4. Use a list of cancer registry references to find information on all topics of oncology.


Vicki Hawhee holds a BS in Medical Technology from Florida State University and a master’s degree in education from the University of South Florida. Her work career began as a medical technologist working in the laboratory at University Hospital in Jacksonville and Clearwater Community Hospital. She later worked for Tampa College for many years, first as a professor and later in administration. This was followed by medical transcription (as a CMT) for many years until she went back to school and became a CTR. She has been with Moffitt Cancer Center for 7 years.


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