This course is designed to provide an overview of the cancer registry field. The course will focus on the importance of quality data collection, the differences between hospital based and population based (Central Cancer Registries), registry management, standard setting organizations, the legal aspects and privacy of cancer patients’ data, reporting cancer data for the use of cancer prevention and surveillance and basic statistics and epidemiology formulas. (3 credits)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Explain the purpose of the Cancer Registry.
- Develop knowledge of cancer registry terminology.
- Describe how cancer data is collected.
- Discuss the role of cancer tumor registrars.
- Explain the differences between hospital-based and population based (Central Cancer Registry).
- Compare and understand the purpose of each standard-setting organizations.
- Identify cancer organizations responsible for cancer education and surveillance.
- Discuss the legal regulatory mandates and ethical aspects of cancer patients’ privacy.
- Summarize the process of reporting cancer data for the use of cancer prevention and surveillance.
- Recognize basic statistic tests and basic epidemiology elements.
- Define the paths to a career as a Cancer Tumor Registrar.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Note: A "C" grade or higher must be earned to pass this course.
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Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Quizzes (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 7, 8)
Coding Primary Site and Tumor Morphology Learning Module (Week 4)
CTR Interviews (Week 4)
Cancer Registrar Reference Tools Paper (Week 5)
Cancer Registry Current Events Summary Paper (Week 6)
Final Presentation (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
National Cancer Registrars Association. Cancer Registry Management Principles and Practice for Hospitals and Central Registries. 4th ed. NCRA, 2021. ISBN-13: 9781732917835
Readings and Exercises
Topics: Overview of Cancer Registry and Purpose for Cancer Registries
Topic: Legal and Ethical Aspects of Cancer Registry Data
Topic: Cancer Characteristics and Classification
Topics: How Casefinding in a Healthcare Facility is Performed
Topics: Cancer Registry Manuals
Topics: Cancer Registry Daily Functions and Registry Management
Topics: Cancer Registry Data and the Impact on Public Health
Topics: Statistics and Epidemiology and Becoming a CTR
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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