• Tumor Registry

  • The Cancer Registry is responsible for maintaining the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) standards for case eligibility, abstracting cases on a timely basis and submitting information to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB). The NCDB, a joint program of the CoC and the American Cancer Society (ACS), is a nationwide oncology outcomes database for more than 1,400 Commission-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico.

    The Cancer Registry at Penrose Cancer Center has abstracted information on more than 43,000 benign and malignant cases since January 1, 1976. Over 83% of those cases are patients diagnosed and/or treated at this facility. The data collected is used to explore trends in cancer care, to create regional and state benchmarks for participating hospitals, and to serve as the basis for quality improvement

    The Registry reports all cases to the Colorado Central Cancer Registry at the State Department of Health on a regular basis to meet the requirements of the state mandate and the quality of the registry abstracts is reviewed monthly by a physician member of the Cancer Committee.

    In 2009, the Registry became involved with the beta testing project for Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS). This involves the abstracting on breast, colon, and rectum cases at the time they are diagnosed, as opposed to the six month delay in waiting for all treatment information to be available. The cases are then continuously updated with further treatment information as it becomes available. We continue to rapid report cases with breast, colon/rectum and have recently added lung cancer.  

    The Cancer Registry maintains over 80% follow-up rate on the entire database and over 90% follow-up rate on cases diagnosed in the last five years.

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