The Cancer Registry plays a vital role in establishing and maintaining standards set by the American College of Surgeons for the Comprehensive Community Cancer Program at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. The Cancer Registry manages an extensive data system that collects, analyzes and reports information on all cancer patients diagnosed and/or treated at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. Data collection and lifetime follow-up on each cancer patient seen at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital began in 1985. To date, our Cancer Registry maintains a total of 14,146 cases in the database and more than 4,088 are actively followed.
Growing demand for data collection, higher standards required by the American College of Surgeons and the implementation of clinical trials require a dedicated staff in the Cancer Registry. The primary responsibility of the Cancer Registrars is to assure that complete and accurate data are collected and maintained for all cancer patients diagnosed and/or treated at Salinas Valley Memorial's Comprehensive Community Cancer Program.
Cancer Registrars are essential members of the health care team. They work closely with physicians, hospital administrators and health care planners to maintain ongoing records of the cancer patient's history, diagnosis, therapy and outcome.
An effective Cancer Registrar must possess management and administration skills, knowledge of medical science and an ability to perform detailed tasks. The Registrar is a specialist in data collection, records management, and analysis of cancer data. Through continuing education, the Registrar keeps abreast of new developments in the field of oncology, and is involved in cancer program activities in the hospital and in our communities.