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.