Cancer Registrar I, First

Job Description

The Cancer Registrar I is involved in managing and analyzing clinical cancer information for the purpose of education, research, and outcome measurement. The Cancer Registrar I ensures that timely, accurate, and complete cancer data is collected and maintained on all types of cancer diagnosed and/or treated within the hospital, while adhering to the standards of the American College of Surgeons (ACOS), Commission on Cancer. The Tumor Registrar I is to create an abstract of patient disease from diagnosis, and to assist with lifetime follow-up, and to disseminate this data in accordance with professional ethics. Tumor Registrar I will help maintain a registry that is continuously prepared for an American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer survey.


  1. Abstracting: Obtains core information from the patient's medical records, and other sources as necessary, including, but not limited to: demographic characteristics, history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures, diagnosis, stage, and treatment. Ensure that this data is entered timely and accurately into the Cancer Registry database. - 35%
  2. Coding: Code and accurately enter information into the Cancer Registry Database using ICD-O, AJCC Cancer Staging criteria, and the STORE and SEER Manuals. Including, but not limited to: topography and morphology. Assist with staging as needed. Maintains data abstraction accuracy and productivity targets set by the organization. - 30%
  3. Prepares statistical data for reports and graphic presentations for cancer-related committees, national studies, research, and in response to medical staff requests. - 5%
  4. Accommodate information requests from other Cancer Registries in a timely manner. Log all requests into the registry log per ACOS Standards. - 5%
  5. Independently research and solve complex abstracting and coding problems. - 5%
  6. Assist with preparation of data submissions to the National Cancer Data Base, ODH- OCISS, monthly internal quality reviews, and state audits. - 5%
  7. Other Cancer Program Activities: Attend Tumor Boards as needed, note attendance, stage, treatment planning discussion, and attendance. Attend Cancer Committee meetings quarterly as needed. - 5%
  8. Participate in educational opportunities annually related to cancer, at local, state, and/or national level per ACOS standards, to stay informed on standards and staging changes and updates. - 5%
  9. Other related duties as required or assigned. - 5%


Certified Tumor Registry (CTR) eligible within 3 years of hire, with requirement to take the exam within first 18 months of hire. Failure to obtain Certified Tumor Registry certification credential through the National Cancer Registrars Association within 3 years will result in termination of employment. Minimum 1-year equivalent combination of education and experience in healthcare or health information management. One-year experience in the cancer registry field preferred. Strong computer skills with a working knowledge of relational data bases with experience in word processing and graphic display programs.
Basic knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and ICD-O coding required. Must have a medical background with specialized knowledge about cancer including etiology, staging, incidence, evaluation, and treatment methods either through a formal education program or work experience. Experience with computerized data entry and data management experience is required. Ability to communicate effectively with physicians, oncology nurses, patients as well as medical records / tumor registry personnel. Ability to meet deadlines. Must possess typing and Microsoft Office Suite skills. This individual must maintain professional confidentiality as privileged information will be retrieved, studied, and recorded. This individual is responsible for knowledge of specific data requirements as defined by the association that defines registry requirements. Maintains data abstraction accuracy and productivity within 95-100 % accuracy in accordance with federal/ state regulations, ACoS CoC program standards, institutional and departmental policies and procedures.