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Become A Tumor Registrar

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Working As A Tumor Registrar

  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $45,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Tumor Registrar Do At SUNY Downstate Medical Center

* Reports to the Supervisor of the Tumor Registrar unit.
* Accurately abstract and code required data into the Metriq software database to create a record for each patient, all in accordance with ICD
* AJCC TNM Staging, Collaborative Stage, SEER Summary Stage 2000 and Multiple Primary and Histology Rules.
* Locating all internal and external sources of patient encounter.
* Maintain accurate, complete and timely follow-up on each abstract as established by the NYS
* Cancer Registry and ACos Cdo.
* Prepare statistical data for physician studies, NYS DOH and the National Cancer Database from the tumor registry database.
* Keeping on top of yearly standards - setter changes in collecting data and subsequent software changes and downloads to ensure that all submitted data is accurate and timely.
* Ensure strict adherence to security confidentiality guidelines of HIPAA
* All successful candidates must undergo various background checks, maintain credentials required for continued employment and adhere to the SUNY
* DMC UHB Principles of Behavior.
* Clinical Faculty and Allied Health professionals must receive and maintain Medical Board authorization

What Does A Tumor Registrar Do At Highmark Health

* Collects data (case-finding) on new cancer cases as assigned. (10%)
* Abstracts new cases into database. (75%)
* Performs routine follow-up data and follow-up rates on all registry patients. (10%)
* Performs additional duties within the Cancer Registry area as assigned by management including, but not limited to, assisting with Cancer Committee preparation and follow-up, completion of regular meeting minutes, attendance and tumor board preparation and documentation, etc. (5%)
* May travel to physician practices and between multiple sites of service for cancer registry related activities.
* Performs other duties as assigned or required

What Does A Tumor Registrar Do At Ascension Health

* Identifies and analyzes the history, diagnosis, treatment, disease status and survival data of cancer patients treated in the organization.
* Prepares and electronically submits required reporting information to the state cancer database.
* Collects data for patient care evaluations, protocol studies and conducting audits.
* Complies with all reporting requests and requirements.
* Maintains knowledge of and compliance with current ACOS standards and assists in preparation for ACOS surveys.
* Works with the hospital based on designee of the Metropolitan Detroit Cancer Surveillance System to compile information to meet standards of the accrediting agencies and disease reporting agencies.
* Retrieves oncology related data and reports from the electronic tumor registry system for physicians, administration, Cancer Committee, Oncology Research and ACOS as requested/required.
* Participates in medical staff and hospital activities including quality assurance and research.
* Abstracts accurately all required cancer related information into the electronic tumor registry system.
* Coordinates and maintains the long-term follow up process of data collection and input for all tumor registry patients.
* Assumes responsibility for monitoring quality of abstracting data and performs regular review, audits, and edit checks of data.
* Coordinates activities of the cancer registry with those of the cancer committee and tumor boards.
* Works with physician representative to collect, calculate, analyze, interpret and present numerical data at weekly tumor board meetings.
* Responsible for taking official minutes at these meetings

What Does A Tumor Registrar Do At Johns Hopkins Medicine

* This individual manages cancer patient databases, recording data and information to support the organization's pursuit of excellence in cancer care including earlier cancer detection, enhanced cancer treatment efficacy and effectiveness, and increased survival rates.
* He/she examines medical and pathology records to determine patient eligibility for the cancer registry, abstracts medical records and translates medical terminology into standardized codes to meet registry or other requirements.
* The person in this role is responsible for compiling and reporting data according to the current standards set by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and/or other regulatory entities.
* Additional duties may include patient follow-up to track progress, participation in quality improvement projects, and activities supporting research studies.
* Assists leadership and clinical teams to ensure appropriate structures and processes are in place for the delivery of high quality, safe cancer care which is patient and family centered and achieves optimal outcomes.
* Supports organizational activities to achieve, monitor and maintain an accredited cancer program.
* JHACH - 500 Building

What Does A Tumor Registrar Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* This position is responsible for assuring compliance with American College of Surgeon Commission on Cancer (ACS COC) Standards, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) Standards, NQF Measures of Quality, and other oncology related standards for facilities assigned.
* Duties and Responsibilities
* Duties include but are not limited to:
* Ensures all American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer standards are met at accredited facilities and helps facilities seeking accreditation to develop programs following the standards.
* Leads survey prep at facility, completing the Survey Application Record (SAR) and the documentation from the surveyor.
* Attends all Cancer Committee meetings and ensures that Cancer Committee composition, meeting schedule, agenda and minutes meet COC standards.
* Maintains documentation of Oncology Committee activities using minutes and Program Activity tool in preparation for survey.
* Assists with the completion of Annual Report on Cancer Activities for each facility.
* Attends Cancer Conferences at each facility determined by the facility conference schedule.
* Attend state and national educational activities as approved by the Director

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How To Become A Tumor Registrar

Health information technicians typically need a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation, although some may need an associate’s degree. Certification is often required.


Postsecondary certificate and associate’s degree programs in health information technology typically include courses in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, health data requirements and standards, classification and coding systems, healthcare reimbursement methods, healthcare statistics, and computer systems. Applicants to health information technology programs may increase their chances of admission by taking high school courses in health, computer science, math, and biology.

A high school diploma or equivalent and previous experience in a healthcare setting are enough to qualify for some positions, but most jobs for health information technicians require postsecondary education.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Health information technicians must be able to understand and follow medical records and diagnoses, and then decide how best to code them in a patient’s medical records.

Detail oriented. Health information technicians must be accurate when recording and coding patient information.

Integrity. Health information technicians work with patient data that are required, by law, to be kept confidential. They must exercise caution and a strong sense of ethics when working with this information in order to protect patient confidentiality.

Interpersonal skills. Health information technicians need to be able to discuss patient information, discrepancies, and data requirements with other professionals such as physicians and finance personnel.

Technical skills. Health information technicians must be able to use coding and classification software and the electronic health record (EHR) system that their healthcare organization or physician practice has adopted.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most employers prefer to hire health information technicians who have certification, or they may expect applicants to earn certification shortly after being hired. A health information technician can earn certification from several organizations. Certifications include the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR), among others.

Some organizations base certification on passing an exam. Others require graduation from an accredited program. Many coding certifications also require coding experience in a work setting. Once certified, technicians typically must renew their certification regularly and take continuing education courses.

A few states and facilities require cancer registrars to be licensed. Licensure requires the completion of a formal education program and the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) certification.


Health information technicians may advance to other health information positions by receiving additional education and certifications. Technicians may be able to advance to a position as a medical or health services manager after completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree program and taking the required certification courses. Requirements vary by facility.

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Vietnamese


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Top Tumor Registrar Skills

  1. Electronic Medical Records
  2. Cancer Patients
  3. Weekly Cancer Conferences
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Generated and mailed out yearly follow up letters to providers for all living cancer patients diagnosed in Wyoming.
  • Coordinated and disseminated patient information for multidisciplinary weekly cancer conferences and quarterly cancer committee meetings.
  • Coordinated patient care at Oncology Clinic and scheduling of tests and procedures for clinic patients.
  • Recorded data into the legal medical/surgical log book, and entered all pathology reports for the Pathology Department Harlem Hospital, NYC
  • Attended and participated in monthly Cancer Committee meetings, as well as weekly Tumor Board meetings for CMH Medical Staff.

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