HIM 230: Introduction to Cancer Registry and Management

Course Description

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)

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the purpose of the Cancer Registry.
  2. Develop knowledge of cancer registry terminology.
  3. Describe how cancer data is collected.
  4. Discuss the role of cancer tumor registrars.
  5. Explain the differences between hospital-based and population based (Central Cancer Registry).
  6. Compare and understand the purpose of each standard-setting organizations.
  7. Identify cancer organizations responsible for cancer education and surveillance.
  8. Discuss the legal regulatory mandates and ethical aspects of cancer patients’ privacy.
  9. Summarize the process of reporting cancer data for the use of cancer prevention and surveillance.
  10. Recognize basic statistic tests and basic epidemiology elements.
  11. Define the paths to a career as a Cancer Tumor Registrar.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

25%

Quizzes (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 7, 8)

5%

Coding Primary Site and Tumor Morphology Learning Module (Week 4)

5%

CTR Interviews (Week 4)

15%

Cancer Registrar Reference Tools Paper (Week 5)

10%

Cancer Registry Current Events Summary Paper (Week 6)

20%

Final Presentation (Week 8)

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

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

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2,4,5,6,7

Topics: Overview of Cancer Registry and Purpose for Cancer Registries

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 1: History and Overview of Cancer Registries
    • Chapter 2: Standard Setters
    • Chapter 3: Cancer Organizations
    • Appendix C - Table C.1: Website listing of Cancer Registry Associations and Cancer Organization/Programs
  • Review course syllabus
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Week 1 Quiz

2

8

Topic: Legal and Ethical Aspects of Cancer Registry Data

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 4: Legal and Ethical Aspects of Cancer Registry Data
    • NCRA Professional Practice Code of Ethics
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review assigned links
  • Participate in discussions
  • Begin planning for CTR Interviews
  • Submit Week 2 Quiz

3

2

Topic: Cancer Characteristics and Classification

  • Reading:
    • What is Cancer?
    • What are the causes of cancer?
    • How does malignancy relate to cancer?
  • Videos:
    • What is Neoplasia? - Definition, Types & Examples
    • Benign vs. Malignant: Definition, Characteristics & Differences
  • Review assigned links
  • Watch assigned videos
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Week 3 Quiz

4

3,9

Topics: How Casefinding in a Healthcare Facility is Performed

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 6: Reportability and Casefinding
    • Appendix A - Figure A.1 and A.2: Patient’s Journey
    • ICD-10-CM Casefinding List, 2022
    • Flowchart: Casefinding in Hospital Registry
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review assigned links
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Coding Primary Site and Tumor Morphology Learning Module
  • Submit CTR Interviews

5

3

Topics: Cancer Registry Manuals

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 7: General Principles of Coding and Abstracting
    • Chapter 8: ICD-O, Topography, Histology, and Solid Tumor Rules
    • Chapter 9: Cancer Staging, Grade and Site Specific Data Items
    • Chapter 13: Data Standards and Standardization
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Download and review manuals
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Cancer Registrar Reference Tools Paper

6

2,3

Topics: Cancer Registry Daily Functions and Registry Management

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 10: Treatment and Clinical Care
    • Chapter 11: Follow up
    • Chapter 12: Central Registry Functions and Data Processing
  • Video:
    • "Follow Up" video at Registry Best Practices
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Watch assigned video
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Cancer Registry Current Events Summary Paper

7

7,10

Topics: Cancer Registry Data and the Impact on Public Health

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 18: Statistics and Epidemiology, pages 263-274
    • Chapter 20: Cancer Registry Data and the Impact on Public Health
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Begin planning for Final Presentation
  • Submit Week 7 Quiz

8

1,3,4,5 10,11

Topics: Statistics and Epidemiology and Becoming a CTR

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 18: Statistics and Epidemiology, pages 274-287
    • Become a Cancer Registrar
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review assigned link
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Week 8 Quiz
  • Submit Final Presentation
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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