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NCRW 2020

Posted on April 6, 2020 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (57086)

Happy National Cancer Registrars Week!

Here are some ways to celebrate while observing a practice of "Social Distancing" during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

• Design a quiz on facility and/or state cancer facts with prizes for the winner.

• Reference NCRW in your Facebook postings and Tweets during the week of April 6-10.

• Create "CTRs in the Spotlight" stories and post to Facebook and/or Twitter. These posts should highlight the importance of cancer registrars and the work they do. You can showcase a colleague or promote the cancer registry department.

• Send the NCRW press release to your employer's public relations department and your local newspaper.

• Use the NCRW logo to create an e-mail signature.

• Send the NCRW e-postcard to colleagues and friends.

• Work with the management of your facility to distribute a small gift and nice letter celebrating the work of cancer registrars.

• Send a system-wide e-mail to all staff detailing NCRW.

• Email personalized notes of encouragement and recognition to each cancer registrar.

• Plan a departmental luncheon for the future!


Season's Greetings

Posted on December 16, 2019 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (17237)

The TRAC Executive Board would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season and a Health New Year!

NAACCR Report to the Nation

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (9961)

May 30, 2019 11:16 AM

Recinda Sherman

On behalf of NAACCR and our co-authors from ACS, CDC, and NCI, we are pleased to announce the release of the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer. The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer represents a collaborative effort from senior researchers at ACS, CDC, NAACCR, and NCI to produce current and comprehensive trends in cancer incidence and mortality. Our 21st Report was spearheaded by NAACCR and is current available as an on-line pre-publication copy

The purpose of this report is to produce the most up-to-date and comprehensive trends in cancer incidence and mortality. Each year we also focus on a special topic. This year our topic is cancer among young adults aged 20-49 and describes the patterns seen in this age-group. A main difference in cancer in this age-group is that the burden is much higher for women than men. This is driven by cancers traditionally higher among women (breast, melanoma, and thyroid), female-specific cancers (uterine, cervical, and ovarian), and higher rates of lung and non-malignant brain and CNS tumors among younger women than men. Additionally, incidence rates of in situ breast cancer among women and non-malignant brain tumors among women and men are quite substantial, 20.2, 17.6, and 9.5 per 100,ooo respectively.

For more information, and to access the paper and the Press Release, please go our website at: https://www.naaccr.org/annual-report-to-the-nation-overall-cancer-mortality-continues-to-decline/

Additional materials, including infographics and suggested tweets are also available through NCI here microsite.

For our NAACCR Community, we will be presenting a NAACCR Talk Annual Report to the Nation with a Special Feature on Cancer in Adults Aged 20-49

June 29, 2019 at 2:00 pm EST.

Registration for this presentation is free: naaccr.zoom.us/webinar/register/...

Recinda Sherman, PhD, CTR

Program Manager, Data Use & Research

Join us in Vancouver! June 8 - 13th, 2019

North American Association of Central Cancer Registries

Website: www.naaccr.org

Phone: (217) 698-0800 ext. 6

Address: 2050 W. Iles, Suite A, Springfield, IL 62704-4194



Updates to 2018 Solid Tumor Rules now available

Posted on January 23, 2019 at 11:05 AM

From: NAACCR Member ListServ [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Dickie, Lois (NIH/NCI) [E]

Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 2:30 PM

To: [email protected]

Subject: Updates to 2018 Solid Tumor Rules now available

Importance: High


Solid Tumor Rules: January 2019 Update

The 2018 Solid Tumor Rules were published June 2018 without prior beta testing. As a result, registrars using the rules identified issues. Based on questions and suggestions received since release of the 2018 rules, we have added clarifications, additional notes and examples, and in a few sites, rules. A comprehensive change log has also been posted for reference. These revisions do not require you to review and or re-abstract 2018 cases.


IMPORTANT: We have added clarifications and specific criteria that must be met to code a histology identified only by ambiguous terminology. This information is in the Histology rules section of each revised site.


The updated rules published January 2019 apply to the following sites only:


• Breast

• Colon/Rectum

• Head & Neck

• Lung

• Kidney

• Malignant CNS

• Non-malignant CNS

• Urinary


The 2018 Solid Tumor are now available in a consolidated PDF file and can be accessed at the following site: https://seer.cancer.gov/tools/solidtumor/


Revision status for remaining 2007 Multiple Primary and Histology site rules:


We are currently working on revisions to the remaining two MP/H site groups. Release date of the final sites has not yet been determined. Based on the recent WHO 4th Ed Tumors of Skin, we do not expect major changes to the cutaneous melanoma rules.


Other sites:

We have identified the need to separate select sites into individual modules. These site-specific rules may be individual sections within the Other sites rules, or free-standing module. Revisions will be based on the following 4th Ed WHO Blue Books:

Tumors of Endocrine Organs

Female Reproductive Organs

Tumors of Soft Tissue & Bone

Tumors of Male Genital Organs (included in the Tumors of Urinary System BB)



The Solid Tumor module will be added to SEER*Educate soon. We will notify the registrar community when the module is available. Additional educational modules will be developed and available through NCRA free of charge.



Lois A. Dickie, CTR

Project manager, Solid Tumor Manual

Public Health Analyst

National Institute of Health

Division of Cancer Care and Population Sciences

Statistical Research Branch

Data Quality and interpretation Branch

[email protected]


NCDB Announcement- Publication of the STORE

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (12075)

NCDB Announcement: Publication of the STORE 2018

Over the years, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) has received valuable feedback to improve the data collected by the National Cancer Database (NCDB), which directly impacts the patients we all serve. The CoC acknowledges the magnitude of the 2018 changes, which seem overwhelming especially with the unexpected delay in the release of the tools and references that facilitate the task of abstraction including the STandards for Oncology Registry Entry (STORE) effective for cases diagnosed January 1, 2018 and later. The CoC recognizes the challenges faced by our dedicated hospital registrars who continue to work tirelessly to ensure timeliness and accuracy of recording data; however, it is also part of the CoC's commitment to provide clear and up-to-date instructions based on the collaborative effort of the experts involved in the development of the STORE. While all suggestions could not be implemented immediately with the current version of the STORE, significant changes have been made.

• Implementation of the AJCC Eighth Edition Staging System: Originally scheduled for release in 2017, the CoC worked directly with AJCC and its surveillance partners to delay implementation until 2018. The lessons learned and experience will guide future efforts and updates.

• Because sentinel lymph node biopsies have been generally under-reported and the timing and results of sentinel lymph node biopsy procedures are used in multiple CoC Quality of Care Measures, the CoC developed six new data items for collection of more specific information on sentinel and regional nodes.

• Reclassification of the Collaborative Stage (CS) Site-Specific Factors (SSF) as discrete data items: The majority of these data items have not changed in terms of the information collected, except for the codes used to document the data. In addition, all of the CS SSFs were reviewed in conjunction, and aligned with, the CAP Protocols. It is the CoC's hope that this will facilitate the abstraction work necessary for the Site-Specific Data Items (SSDI), enabling rapid abstraction into the hospital registry from the CAP checklist. This alignment will become instrumental to the eventual direct filling of values from the electronic health record (EHR) into the registry and will eventually save abstraction efforts and time.

• Implementation of the new data collection infrastructure for Grade: The new way of collecting grade will greatly simplify the abstractor's task. There is no more guessing at whether you are dealing with a 2, 3, or 4 level grading system; there will be no more manual "calculation" of what value to enter for grade. The new site-specific look-ups for grade leave no room for error and will result in high quality grade data.

• New radiation data items from CoC: When the CoC re-engineered the way radiation data are collected, we did so with several higher goals in mind. At the same time that CoC developed the new data items, we have been working with radiation oncology groups at the national level to adopt and implement a standard End of Treatment Summary (EOTS) to be used by all radiation oncologists across the nation and by all EHRs. This standardized template is directly aligned with the new radiation data items and, when fully implemented, will greatly facilitate abstraction of radiation therapy and communication between registrars and radiation oncologists. As with the SSDIs, this alignment will become instrumental to the eventual direct filling of values from the EHR into the hospital registry database and will save abstraction efforts and time.

• The codes for the following data items are currently under review by SEER, CoC and NAACCR. Updated instructions will be released in the near future.

o Surgical Margins of the Primary Site [1320]

o Scope of Regional Lymph Node Surgery [1292]

o Scope of Regional Lymph Node Surgery at this Facility [672]

o Surgical Procedure/Other Site [1294]

o Surgical Procedure/Other Site at this Facility [674]

• CoC does not anticipate any changes in the collection of cancer data until 2020. CoC will be using the NAACCR Version 18 standards throughout 2019.

The different standard setters continue to work together to provide support and education in ensuring a smooth transition as we implement these updates. The CAnswer Forum has been set up to include new sub-forums to accommodate STORE-specific questions. For any other questions or concerns, please contact the NCDB at [email protected]

The NCDB would not exist without the efforts of cancer registrars across the nation, and the CoC thanks the registrars at all CoC-accredited programs for their perseverance and patience during these difficult, but necessary, times of change.


SEER- CT State Tumor Registry- NAACCR v18 UPDATE

Posted on August 9, 2018 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (15376)

August 9, 2018

Remarkable progress has been achieved toward developing NAACCR v18 standards that are coordinated with clinical guidelines, and therefore highly relevant for all of us who support the fight against cancer. However, because of the many complex changes required to meet these clinical standards, implementation of the v18 standards has not been completed in an ideal timeline. NCI recognizes the challenges this delay represents for registrars, particularly in the hospital setting where software vendors are dependent on the standard setters for implementation. Most registrars at hospitals are still awaiting updates to tools so necessary for their profession.

As a standard setting organization, NCI SEER feels that the data we collect must be as closely aligned as possible with the guidelines used in the clinical setting. These include CAP cancer protocols, NCCN guidelines, WHO classifications, and the AJCC 8th ed. standards. We therefore concluded that the implementation of v18 is necessary at the earliest possible time.

Thus, for cases diagnosed in 2018, NCI SEER is requiring registries to collect Extent of Disease (EOD), Summary Stage 2018, and the Site-Specific Data Items (SSDI) (see https://staging/cancer/gov/eod_public/list/1.3/). All data items are closely aligned with the AJCC 8th ed. and clinical guidelines mentioned above. Although the EOD is a new cancer stage data collection system, it is closely harmonized with the AJCC 8th ed., requires collection of only three additional items, and replaces seven Collaborative Staging items and all TNM 7th ed. items. The EOD system provides an opportunity to monitor trends over time in a consistent manner, while meeting the needs of the clinical community to capture key elements that represent the AJCC TNM 8th ed. staging system. Further, Summary Stage 2018 can be automatically calculated from EOD, eliminating the need for manual assignment of this required variable. The SSDIs align closely with the CoC-required variables that a CoC-certified hospital must collect and report, again minimizing additional work for registrars while maintaining data collection at current clinical standards.

We believe that most registrars are already familiar with the three EOD data items, since these items have been structured very similarly to the CS Extension, CS Lymph Nodes, and CS Mets at Dx. These three easy data elements and the related prognostic factors (i.e., SSDIs) can be abstracted directly into the SEER Abstracting Tool (SEER*Abs). The SEER*Registrar Staging Assistant (SEER*RSA) is available to help with staging decisions, and EOD data elements require no derivations and therefore no editing of derived stage by hospital registrars.

NCI SEER completed the development of new manuals (i.e., the EOD manuals, Summary Stage 2018 manual, NAACCR SSDI manual) and updated the NCI-supported systems and applications to NAACCR v18 in May 2018. These updates include SEER*Abs, which is easy to download on a personal computer (https://seer.cancer.gov/seerabs/). This tool can be used to abstract cases directly in the v18 NAACCR layout and is freely available to any registrar. It allows registrars to abstract data elements required by central registries (SEER, NPCR, dual SEER-NPCR). In addition, it enables collection of data elements

potentially required by the CoC. SEER*Abs could be used temporarily to allow registrars to start collecting 2018 cases until their preferred abstracting tools are updated.

Moreover, NCI SEER is taking additional steps to decrease the workload of registries. The November 2018 submission (which includes cases diagnosed in 2016 and earlier) will be performed in NAACCR v16. NCI SEER requires neither AJCC TNM staging nor hospital-level conversions of the radiation data items. NCI SEER and all other standard setters achieved consensus on a relatively limited set of edits, and the SEER Program does not plan for collection of any additional new data elements in 2019.

In summary, the NCI SEER Program is requiring the following actions for cases diagnosed in 2018:

If you are a hospital registrar in a SEER area:

• You are required to collect EOD Primary Tumor, EOD Regional Nodes, and EOD Mets.

• You are required to collect Tumor Size (Clinical, Pathological) and Grade (Clinical, Pathological, Post Therapy).

• As in the past, you will continue to collect Regional Nodes (Positive, Examined) and Rx Summ Sequence (Surgery/Radiation; Systemic/Surgery).

• If you report for a CoC-accredited facility, you are required to transmit to your SEER registry the same SSDIs that are required by CoC (lists available at https://staging/cancer/gov/eod_public/list/1.3/).

• For all other facilities, you can check the exact set of SSDIs required by SEER at https://staging/cancer/gov/eod_public/list/1.3/.

• SEER does not require you to assign Summary Stage 2018 or AJCC TNM 8, but please check with your central registry concerning the requirements of other standard setters for your facility.

• Your cancer system vendor is expected to update your software so that you will be presented with the required and appropriate stage and SSDI variables only. Based on our most recent estimate, the vendors will roll out updates to v18 in late October.

• You can use SEER*Abs to conduct cases abstracted in v18 until your hospital software is updated.

• You are not required to collect Collaborative Stage, Summary Stage 2000 or any AJCC TNM 7 data items, .

• We strongly suggest that you edit the data using NAACCR metafile v18, which will become available around August 15. Your state registry may require a state-specific edits set, which will be based on the v18 metafile.

• SEER will require the collection of several new radiation therapy items:

o Phase I Radiation Treatment Modality [1506]

o Phase II Radiation Treatment Modality [1516]

o Phase III Radiation Treatment Modality [1526]

• Old radiation data items will be discontinued for cases diagnosed in 2018. Please note that Rx Summ-Radiation [1360] will continue to be collected for cases abstracted in 2018 but diagnosed in 2017 and earlier. This will enable consistent collection and analysis of data for patients diagnosed before 2018.

• Collect and transmit other required data elements per the STORE and SEER Program Coding Manuals.

• SEER will not require collection of the following radiation planning techniques, but will accept them from the CoC facilities:

o Phase II External Beam Radiation Planning Technique [1512]

o Phase III External Beam Radiation Planning Technique [1522]

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If you are a registrar in a SEER central registry:

• You are required to follow the rules for hospital registrars.

• In addition, SEER*API and SEER*DMS have been updated to enable automated derivation of EOD T, EOD N, EOD M, EOD Stage Group, and Derived Summary Stage 2018. The consolidated (CTC) values should include these five data elements.

• SEER edits have been updated to reflect NAACCR v18 standards.

• SEER will update the SEER API to perform conversions and derivations of radiation data items (to comply with the conversion algorithms posted on NAACCR website on August 3, 2018).

• Collect and transmit other required data elements per the SEER Program Coding Manual.

We very much appreciate all your hard work and dedication to capturing the most clinically relevant data to support our understanding of cancer trends over time and other key cancer research areas.

Steven Friedman, MHSA, FAC-P/PM III

SEER Program Manager

Lynne Penberthy MD, MPH

SEER Program Director

Solid Tumor Rules Clarification

Posted on August 2, 2018 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (6288)

Dear TRAC Members,

Clarification is needed, and I apologize for any confusion. Regarding “What to use and when?” NCRA sent out a notice this morning regarding Solid Tumor Rules. I revisited the SEER website, again. https://seer.cancer.gov/tools/solidtumor/

These rules are intended for 8 site groups for cases diagnosed on or after 01/01/2018. In addition, the website states:

The 2007 Multiple Primary & Histology rules will be used with a few small changes for cases diagnosed 1/1/2007 to 12/31/2018 for the following site groups:

  • Cutaneous melanoma

Cutaneous melanoma site rules will be revised for 2019 implementation to incorporate information from the new WHO 4th Ed Tumors of Skin scheduled to be released in 2018.

  • Other Sites

Other sites rules will be revised for 2019 implementation. The Solid Tumor Task Force has identified the need to expand the rules to include GYN, soft tissue, thyroid and other site-specific solid tumors.


As of today, Head and Neck is the only remaining section in draft format. There is a FINAL version in PDF format for all sections, including the Cutaneous Melanoma and Other Sites posted.

FEEDBACK is needed on working with ALL the changes we are facing for 2018. TRAC wants to help by providing meaningful education. Also, NCI-SEER has created a Quality Improvement Experts work group (specifically for SSDIs). Their goal is to address training and reference material needs. As I stated in my newsletter, please reach out to me. [email protected] Don’t be shy, I promise not to share names.


SUMMER, 2016 Edition VI

Posted on August 22, 2016 at 1:30 PM

President’s Message:

I hope everyone found some time to enjoy the summer. It has been great to relax, do something fun, and spend time with family and friends. I had a good summer but also traveled between two coasts and attended my first NCRA quarterly board meeting in Washington DC. The purpose of the meeting was orientation for the position of Public Relations/Communications Director.

At the meeting, we discussed the interim approval by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for a new Standard Occupational Classification of “Medical Registrar” that NCRA created. NCRA’s next step is to comment on the Bureau of Labor recommendations. More information about the classification can be found on their website.

The National Cancer Registrars Week committee was formed and will have our first meeting August 22nd. Brooke Chang and Kathleen Gould-Mitchell volunteered to serve on the committee. They will be part of a team that chooses the gift and finalize the packets that will be sent to NCRA members the week of April 10-14. The theme for 2017 is “Putting the Pieces Together.” The NCRW committee will also choose the 2018 theme. Thank you both for your help; I think it will be a fun way to participate on a national level.

The spring TRAC meeting was exceptional. The celebration was fun and the educational content was superb. Thank you to our host Donna Goss at William W. Backus Hospital. We now look forward to our annual meeting in New Haven in November. Hope to see you there. Fall will be here before you know it.

Vice President’s Report/Education Committee:

The spring TRAC meeting that was held on May 20th featured Frederick Greene MD and William Chase MD. Dr. Greene presented the results of the PCORI study, updates on the 8th edition AJCC staging and FORDS manuals and what is coming down the road with ACOS. Dr. Chase shared his knowledge and expertise on the American College of Surgeons standards. We were excited to offer this quality program that had a great turnout. It was a fabulous day of learning from our expert panel.

Thank you to Donna Goss for hosting the meeting and 40th anniversary celebration of TRAC. In addition to hosting, Donna donated a handmade afghan and candles. Donna Lanphear contributed a bracelet and Judy Keating brought a beautiful hydrangea plant for door prizes. Teresita and Michele brought a huge cake for us to enjoy. It was a great group effort put forth by members to celebrate our 40 years.

Our annual meeting will be hosted by Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven for the 5th consecutive year. We look forward to Teresita and her team to provide us with a day of education that is known for the quality of speakers and topics. The meeting is scheduled for November 9, 2016. Details will be posted on our website.

The website was renewed at the end of June. TRAC will keep the basic website without the ability to make payments online.

A survey was sent to members about providing a scholarship award for the upcoming CRANE meeting. One objective of the survey is to determine how best to choose the recipient. The survey result is pending until September 1st. Members will be notified of the result after the closing date. In order to be considered for the scholarship, anyone whose facility doesn’t pay to attend the CRANE meeting and is interested should notify me in writing (email okay).


Bylaws Committee:

At the spring meeting, the bylaws committee gave a presentation about the revision to membership category. The addition of an emeritus category was approved by members. A survey was sent to members regarding how many years of service should be required to be eligible for emerita/emeritus status. The survey is still pending and the numbers are quite close. Please take the time to complete the survey by September 1st.

Treasurer/Membership Committee:

TRAC currently has 50 members. Three new CTRs received their pins at the spring TRAC meeting.

Job Postings:

Cancer Registrar, Norwalk Hospital

Cancer Registrar, William W. Backus Hospital

Cancer Registry Coordinator, Yale New Haven Hospital (Greenwich)

News and Announcements

Congratulations to new CTRs Kate Powers, Rosemary Crawford, and Nicole Tomarchio!

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Michele Wojewodzki who recently lost her mother- in law.

A card was sent to April Fritz on behalf of TRAC in sympathy for her recent recurrence.


That is all for now. Best wishes for a happy and safe summer everyone...

Donna M. Lanphear, President

Amy Baldwin-Stephens, Vice President

Michele Wojewodzki, Treasurer

Rosemary Crawford, Secretary

Public Relations/Communication Committee, Chair: Donna M. Lanphear

Education/Liaison Committees: Amy Baldwin-Stephens, Chair; Donna Goss

Membership/Ways and Means Committees: Michele Wojewodzki, Chair

Ways and Means: Eliza Cleaveland

Bylaws Committee: Cathryn Phillips, Mary Jeanne Pierce, Brooke Chang

Nominating Committee: Teresita Vega, Chair, Jennifer Cantillo-Mena, Tammy Smith

Tumor Registrars Association of Connecticut meeting at William W. Backus Hospital, May 20, 2016

Guest speakers William Chase MD and Frederick Greene, MD

Congratulations, new CTRs Kate Powers, Rosemary Crawford, and Nicole Tomarchio.


Spring, 2016 Edition V

Posted on July 29, 2016 at 10:55 AM


SPRING, 2016 Edition V

President’s Message

Spring is in the air. It is a wonderful time of year. Trees and plants that were dormant during the winter come to life and begin to grow. We have great expectations as we wait for those flowers to bloom. For me, spring has also been a time of growth. I accepted a new position that allows me to work part time in California and part time in Connecticut every month. And, although I am sometimes on the other side of the country, I still plan to carry out my duties as your president. I feel strongly that the Tumor Registrars Association of Connecticut will remain a strong organization with a great group of caring people.

In April, I attended the 42nd National Cancer Registrars Association educational conference. The conference was an opportunity to network, share information, and visit with our colleagues. I was honored to represent Connecticut. The presentations were very informative and I am sure they will be useful to us in our daily operations. There were topics focused on abstracting, program accreditation, and what is in the works for the future. I downloaded the PDFs and plan to share them with members.

One of the presentations that did not have a PDF available was “Improving Recurrence Data Capture Panel.” The lecture revealed the results of the PCORI study that many of us completed last year. The data show that recurrence data was not collected consistently and there could be improvement in this area. The panel expressed that recurrence data is important and believe that collection of this information will be required in in the future. Frederick Greene, MD was one of the presenters so perhaps we can query him further about this when he comes to our TRAC meeting in May.

I look forward to our next TRAC meeting hosted by William W. Backus Hospital. Donna Goss and Amy Baldwin-Stephens have been working to plan a day filled with high quality educational programs. I hope to see everyone there on May 20th as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of TRAC. What a milestone for our organization!


Vice President’s Report/Education Committee:

The education committee's goal is to provide more educational choices that include national speakers. The next TRAC meeting on May 20th will feature Frederick Greene MD. Dr. Greene has been very active with the Commission on Cancer and helped write the AJCC staging and FORDS manuals. He completed his training in Connecticut so has a special connection with us. In addition, I have invited Dr. William Chase to share his knowledge and expertise on the American College of Surgeons standards. We are excited to offer such a quality program.

Our annual meeting will be hosted by Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven for the 5th consecutive year. The meeting is known for the quality of speakers and topics that are so informative. Teresita and her team take care of every detail to provide us with a day of education and collaboration. The date of the meeting has not been finalized yet but please stay tuned for upcoming information.

The website that was launched in 2015 has been a huge success. It has been a great tool to keep everyone informed of current events and provide resources for registrars. There have been almost 2,500 page views to date. I am always open to suggestions; if there is content members would like to see, please let me know and I will be sure to include it. The website is due for renewal soon and we will have to decide if we want to keep the same options.


Bylaws Committee:

Cathy, Mary Jeanne and Brooke have met to discuss the last amendment to the bylaws. A presentation will be offered at our next meeting.


Treasurer/Membership Committee:

TRAC currently has 48 active members and 1 inactive member.


News and Announcements

Donna Lanphear has been voted in as Public Relations Director, National Cancer Registrars Association for 2016-2017.

That is all for now. Happy Spring, everyone...

Donna M. Lanphear, President

Amy Baldwin-Stephens, Vice President

Michele Wojewodzki, Treasurer

Rosemary Crawford, Secretary

Public Relations/Communication Committee, Chair: Donna M. Lanphear

Education/Liaison Committees: Amy Baldwin-Stephens, Chair; Mike Kuhland, Donna Goss

Treasurer/Membership/Ways and Means Committees: Michele Wojewodzki, Chair

Ways and Means: Eliza Cleaveland

Bylaws Committee: Cathryn Phillips, Mary Jeanne Pierce, Brooke Chang

Nominating Committee: Teresita Vega, Chair, Jennifer Cantillo-Mena, Tammy Smith





WINTER, 2015 Edition IV

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 7:15 AM

Welcome to the winter Tumor Registrars Association of Connecticut newsletter created to update members on professional and personal announcements. The holiday season is upon us and a new year is fast approaching. All around us are the lights, Christmas carolers, and people wishing good cheer. The shopping and parties have begun as we celebrate the season. Our wish for the holidays is peace and prosperity to all and a happy, healthy new year.

President's Message

This fall, the members of TRAC participated in regional meetings to learn and network with others in the profession. The education committee and I collaborated with the New York Cancer Registrars Association to create their first regional meeting. The program that was held October 7-9th was a success by every measure. The meeting was well-attended, the speakers were great, and Saratoga Springs was beautiful. TRAC members also attended the Cancer Registrars Association of New England meeting in Framingham, Massachusetts on October 19-20th. The CRANE meeting provided outstanding lectures and superb hospitality. Both programs were a fabulous experience for all participants. I look forward to continuing relationships with our regional organizations and starting new projects in 2016.

Vice President’s Report

The date for our spring program at William W. Backus Hospital has been rescheduled to May 20th. We are pleased to announce that the meeting will feature Frederick Greene, MD. Dr. Greene, as many of you know, was a participant in writing several editions of the AJCC staging manual and was a long-time ACOS surveyor. Also on the agenda is William Chase MD, ACOS surveyor, who will clarify some of the changes in the standards for program accreditation. Genentech representatives will speak on the latest recommendations for HER2 testing for breast cancer. In addition to a spectacular day of education, there will be a 40th anniversary of TRAC celebration with raffles and cake. We look forward to bringing this outstanding event to members and hope to see everyone there.

A fundraiser to provide a scholarship to a regional or national meeting was initiated in September. The sales from Yankee Candle gave us a great start toward our education fund. Our intention is to offer additional fundraising opportunities with the goal to provide a scholarship in 2016.


Left: TRAC members attended the CRANE meeting October 19-20th. Pictured with CRANE president, David Rousseau are (left to right) Mary Jeanne Pierce, Kathleen Gould-Mitchell, Brooke Chang, Rosemary Crawford, Tammy Smith, and Amy Baldwin-Stephens. Right: Some of the representatives from Connecticut that attended the NYCRA meeting October 7-9th are pictured (left to right) Sheri Amechi, Donna Lanphear and Donna Goss.

The TRAC website has had almost 2000 page views since it was launched in May, 2015. The home page that has featured Cancer Registrars week, breast cancer, colon cancer, and happy holidays is updated monthly. The revised ACOS standards for 2016, TRAC membership application, Connecticut Reportable List, and new job postings have been recently added. Please visit trac-ct.org to check out the latest news.

Upcoming educational offerings include:

National Cancer Registrars Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 10-13, 2016

Tumor Registrars Association of Connecticut, William W. Backus Hospital, May 20, 2016

Tumor Registrars Association of Connecticut, Yale New Haven Hospital, September, 2016

Secretary Report

TRAC received five credits for our meeting at Bridgeport Hospital last March. Our annual meeting at Yale New Haven Hospital in September earned 5.25 credits from NCRA. Certificates of attendance were sent to participants in late October.

Treasurer/Membership/Ways and Means

The 2016 membership drive began in December; the annual membership dues increased to $30. The application for renewal has been emailed to members and is also available online. The payment needs to be received before January 31, 2016 and will be considered late after February 15. Our hope is to increase the number of members this year as we continue to offer more benefits to joining our organization.

Job Postings

Cancer Registrar, Norwalk Hospital



That is all for now. Have a wonderful holiday season, everyone...

Donna M. Lanphear, President

Amy Baldwin-Stephens, Vice President

Rosemary Crawford, Secretary Michele Wojewodzki, Treasurer

Public Relations and Communication Committee Chair: Donna M. Lanphear

Education/Liaison Committee Chair; Webmaster: Amy Baldwin-Stephens

Education: Donna Goss, Mike Kuhland

Membership/Ways and Means Committees Chair: Michele Wojewodzki

Ways and Means: Eliza Cleaveland

Bylaws Committee: Cathryn Phillips, Mary Jeanne Pierce, Brooke Chang

Nominating Committee: Teresita Vega Committee Chair, Jennifer Cantillo-Mena, Tammy Smith