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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
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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