WCRS Webcasts on Other Topics
Quality Cancer Data Saves Lives
Where does this information come from?
- Cancer information on the Internet
- Cancer information in the newspaper
- Cancer information on television
- Cancer information in research
- Cancer information for treatment planning and delivery
This is information significant to the quality of life of cancer patients, as well as important to research efforts
to develop better treatment. This information must come from somewhere.
This presentation concentrates on types of cancer databases; how cancer data is collected; how cancer data is used; who
uses the data; and who collects the data. It describes the work that is done by the data collectors and how they
become professionally credentialed. This professional certification assures the health care community and the public at
large that the criteria necessary for credentialing have been met. This helps to ensure that
this critical cancer data is of high quality and can be depended on by health care providers and patients alike. Reliable
decisions can be made with the assistance of this cancer data.
Quality Cancer Data Saves Lives
SEER Summary Stage
The staging of cancer describes how far the cancer has spread. Staging helps epidemiologists and
population-based programs find disparities by race and sex; identify risk factors; find disparities in specific
populations; and help decide where to devote monies and other resources to develop programs. Staging helps
clinicians find the correct treatment for any specific patient.
There are many staging systems. Two that are widely used are the TNM (Tumor, Nodes and Metastasis) System
and the SEER (Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results) Summary Stage. The SEER Summary Stage system, from
the National Cancer Institute (NCI), is used primarily by epidemiologists and population-based programs for
the uses described above.
The WCRS (Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System) submits cancer data on a yearly basis to the CDC (Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention), NPCR (National Program of Cancer Registries). Since SEER Summary Staging
is used by the CDC, the WCRS must collect and report this data to CDC. This webcast will help you better understand
the SEER Summary Staging system.
SEER Summary Stage
Cancer Program Accreditation
For about 50 years, the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has accredited Cancer Programs.
This accreditation designation signifies that a Cancer Program is giving its cancer patients optimum quality care.
Most Cancer Programs are located at hospitals, but some freestanding cancer treatment facilities
have also attained Cancer Program accreditation.
Since oncology is such a dynamic field, the standards for attaining and maintaining accreditation have changed
over the yearsl. The most recent changes will become effective January 2012. There have been some dramatic changes
in the standards; therefore, it is important for facilities that are accredited or are seeking accreditation to be
familiar with these new standards and eligibility requirements. This webcast will help facilities to become familiar
with these standards and requirements.
This webcast is about 2-1/2 hours in length. During the webcast, there is a suggested break.
Before viewing the webcast, please download or print (and have handy) the
following materials. A link to the webcast appears below the list of
Cancer Program Accreditation (webcast, help)
Downstream from the Registry: A User's Perspective
This webcast provides information on how registry data are used by researchers, and the problems encountered with
untimely or incomplete data. It is meant to be watched as a companion piece to the WCRS 2012 Updates webcast, but can
be viewed separately as well. This information was presented at the Wisconsin Cancer Registrars Association annual
meeting on October 7, 2011, and recorded on October 17 so all reporters can view the presentation. This presentation
can be used to highlight the need for reporting resources; the lack of adequate resources can affect how researchers
interpret results from data analysis. Reporters are encouraged to share this presentation with HIM (health information
management) managers and other decision makers at facilities.
A link to the webcast appears below the handout slides.
Handout slides (PDF, 1,193 KB)
Downstream from the Registry: A User's Perspective (webcast,
Texting: It's Not Optional Anymore
presents information on how to text properly while abstracting cancer information. Various
examples are given of how not to text, along with how to properly text.
In addition to the webcast, a set of "Helpful Hints for Texting"
is available below. It would be helpful to print this set of hints and keep it handy while abstracting
information about cancer patients.
Helpful Hints for Texting (PDF, 21 KB)
Texting: It's Not Optional Anymore (webcast,
Reporting Hmong Cancer Data to WCRS
Would you like to know more about Hmong culture and cancer disparities, the
importance of race and ethnic data, and how facilities systematically collect
Hmong cancer data?
Please view this educational video webcast sponsored by the
Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System, the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control
Program, and the Wisconsin United Coalition of Mutual Assistance Associations.
Reporting Hmong Cancer Data
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July 02, 2014