Cancer Registrars capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the US. This provides essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research, and improve cancer prevention and screening programs. Cancer Registrars ensure yesterday’s miracles are transformed into today’s standard of care.
In a collaborative partnership, AHIMA and the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) developed the online Cancer Registry Management (CRM) program to enhance learning opportunities for prospective cancer registrars. The series is comprised of six comprehensive and in-depth courses designed for you to learn at your pace.
Cancer Registry Structure and Management
This course discusses the history and evolution of the modern cancer registry as well as its purpose in the support of cancer surveillance. You will develop a basic knowledge of the types of cancer registries, confidentiality issues, and the role of standard-setting organizations in cancer data management.
Cancer Registry Operations
The Cancer Registry Operations course provides an in-depth overview of the systematic processes used in the daily operations of a cancer registry. You will examine detailed guidelines for determining which cases meet eligibility requirements for state, federal, and Commission on Cancer standards and learn about the role of standards in providing comparable data for analysis.
Cancer Disease Coding and Staging
This course defines cancer and how it develops and spreads. You will learn the many types of cancer and how to stage and code cancer using systems developed by the standard setters. All major staging and coding systems will be reviewed, and critical reference guides will be highlighted.
Oncology Treatment and Coding
This course provides an in-depth overview of cancer treatment options, including a comprehensive review of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and hormone therapy. Less frequently used treatment options will also be reviewed. Become familiar with treatment guidelines to document complete and appropriate care.
Follow-Up, Data Quality and Utilization
This course provides students best-practice tools for follow-up and outlines the proven methods to ensure the collection of high-quality data. Learn how to apply statistical techniques, including biostatistical and epidemiological methodologies, and how to prepare data for cancer registry reporting.
This course takes a systematic look at the source documents used to capture information included in the cancer registry abstract. (An abstract organizes, summarizes, and categorizes the crucial information in a patient's medical record.) Review the process of documenting the pertinent clinical information needed for the abstract.
Purchase multiple courses or the full CRM program and any needed prerequisites.
The Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) credential demonstrates the requisite knowledge and professional competence needed within the cancer registry. It is nationally recognized in the recruitment and retention of registry personnel. NCRA's certification board—the Council on Certification—develops and administers the CTR exam. For more information, visit ctrexam.org.
The AHIMA Cancer Registry Management Program is an NCRA-Accredited Formal Education Certificate program and is a comprehensive exam prep for NCRA’s Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) exam.