Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System
Cancer Reporters: Announcements and Materials
This site provides resources for those reporting cancer cases to the
Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System. You can select a link below to find the
various resources available here for cancer reporters, or use the links in the
sidebar on any page in the WCRS Cancer Reporters site.
Training Webcasts on New Reporting Requirements
In preparation for the transition from Collaborative Stage to directly
assigned clinical and pathological Tumor, Nodes, Metastases (TNM) staging and
SEER Summary Stage in 2015-2016, the National Cancer Registrars Association
(NCRA) is providing free training. For those reporters who are new to cancer
registry work and reporters who need a refresher, this is a great opportunity to
receiving training on the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCCO) TNM coding
and SEER Summary Stage.
While WCRS never stopped requiring SEER Summary Stage, these training
sessions provide an excellent refresher and additional information since the
requirement for benign brain tumor reporting began in 2004.
These training sessions are the educational modules that were presented in
May at NCRA's 2014 annual conference during the CDC National Program of Cancer
Registries (NPCR) Education and Training Coordinators' Workshop. They have been
posted on the NCRA website:
TNM/SEER Summary Stage Requirements webcasts from NCRA.
WCRS V14 Edits Program
WCRS has created a stand-alone GenEDITS program to run the
Wisconsin-specific Version 14 edits against files ready to submit to WCRS.
This tool should be used by facilities not abstracting cases with
AbstractPlus (the same edits are already built into AbstractPlus). The
GenEDITS tool provides summary and detailed error reports, allowing the user
to fix all edits before submitting the file to the State. Complete
instructions for downloading, installing, and running the program are
available in the
GenEDITS user manual.
Certified Tumor Registrar Education Program
WCRS is pleased to announce the Cancer Information Management education
program at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, which will provide specialized
training for Certified Tumor Registrar certification. Please visit the
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College website (exit DHS)
for details about the new Cancer Information Management program starting in the
fall of 2014.
Reminder Notice: 2013 Cancer Cases Due!
- Cases diagnosed in 2013 were due to WCRS by July 1, 2014.
- Cases diagnosed before 2013 are past due and should be submitted
- Cases diagnosed January - March 2014 are due to WCRS by October 1, 2014.
In order to monitor your facility's compliance, it is important to notify
WCRS if your facility:
- Has had a significant increase or decrease in your cancer caseload;
- Has begun reporting for another facility (clinic/physician office or
- Has stopped reporting for another facility (clinic/physician office or
- Expects a delay in cancer reporting at any time.
WCRS has a list of contract abstracting services that can be used to help
facilities with backlogs in reporting. Please contact us to obtain the list.
Abstract Plus Software
Abstract Plus Software Now Available! The latest version of Abstract Plus
data entry software, 188.8.131.52, using data layout version V14, is now available.
This new version will replace all earlier versions and is compliant with all
state reporting requirements for 2014 and earlier diagnoses. This
(65 MB) contains the instructions for downloading the
new software, the software application files (setup.exe and
AbstractPlus_3.4_V140_WI.msi) and a list of the edits used in this version.
Please follow the download instructions and contact
DHSWCRSdata@dhs.wisconsin.gov with any questions and for a copy of the user
manual. WCRS will respond within three business days. If your facility does not
have the capability to open a Zip file, please email WCRS and indicate you need
the software provided in a different format. If you are currently using an
earlier version of Abstract Plus, please contact Laura Stephenson at
firstname.lastname@example.org for special instructions prior to
installing this new version.
August 21, 2014