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.

WCRS Achieved Gold Certification!

Logo for NAACCR Gold Certification 2012

The North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) awarded the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System the GOLD standard for its 2012 data! Cancer registries that meet the Gold Standard for Registry Certification have achieved the highest NAACCR standard for complete, accurate, and timely data to calculate standard incidence statistics for the year reviewed.

Reminder: 2015 Cancer Cases Are Due

  • Cases diagnosed through August 2015 were due to WCRS by March 1, 2016.
  • Cases diagnosed before 2015 are past due and should be submitted immediately.

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 hospital);
  • Has stopped reporting for another facility (clinic/physician office or hospital); 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.

Training Webcasts on AJCC TNM and SEER Summary Stage Reporting Requirements

The transition from Collaborative Stage to directly assigned clinical and pathological Tumor, Nodes, Metastases (TNM) staging and Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Summary Stage has begun. Both the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) and the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) provide free online 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 AJCC TNM coding and SEER Summary Stage.

While WCRS never stopped requiring SEER Summary Stage, most registries around the country did not require this for 2004-2014 diagnoses.  These training sessions also provide an excellent refresher and updated codes and instructions since the publication of the 2001 red book (which should no longer be used).

The training webcasts are posted on the NCRA website: TNM/SEER Summary Stage Requirements webcasts from NCRA and the AJCC Curriculum for Cancer Registrars website.

WCRS V15 Edits Program

WCRS has updated its stand-alone GenEDITS program to run the Wisconsin-specific Version 15 edits against files ready to submit to WCRS. This tool should be used by facilities not abstracting cases with Abstract Plus (the same edits are already built into Abstract Plus). The GenEDITS tool provides summary and detailed error reports, allowing the user to fix all edits before submitting the file to the State. This Zip file (4 MB) contains the user manual (with instructions for downloading and installing the updated software) and the software application file (setup-geplus4-wi15.exe).

Certified Tumor Registrar Education Program

In its second year, the Cancer Information Management education program at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College continues to provide specialized training for Certified Tumor Registrar certification. Please visit the Southwest Wisconsin Technical College website (link is external) for details about Fall 2016 registration for the Cancer Information Management education program.

 Abstract Plus Software (V14 Download)

Abstract Plus data entry software, version, using data layout version V14, is available. This Zip file (65 MB) contains download instructions , 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 that 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 laura.stephenson@dhs.wisconsin.gov for special instructions prior to installing this new version. Facilities still using earlier versions of Abstract Plus need to upgrade to before moving to any future version of Abstract Plus.

Last Revised: March 23, 2016