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.

Wisconsin Meets the Highest National Data Quality for Cancer Registry

NAACCR 2013 Gold Certification

2015 Registry of Excellence

The Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System has been recognized by U.S. CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) as a Registry of Excellence for 2015.

Wisconsin is one of 22 states to achieve this designation, which reflects the submission of high quality data for cancer prevention and control activities. The data met all of NPCR's standards for data completeness and quality.

In addition, the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries has recognized the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System for meeting its Gold Standard for the 2013 submission. 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  (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 (Zip, 4.0 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 for details about Fall 2016 registration for the Cancer Information Management education program.

Wisconsin Abstract Plus Version is Now Available!

The Wisconsin-specific Abstract Plus software for abstracting cancer cases for state reporting is available for download. This new version meets all state reporting requirements for cases diagnosed 2015 and earlier and should be used by all Wisconsin cancer reporters that don’t have proprietary cancer vendor software for an ACoS-approved program. (It can also be used for 2016 cases from non-ACoS-approved facilities.)

For facilities currently using version (NAACCR layout 14), download this zip file (WIAbstractsPlusV15Update.zip) (Zip, 66 MB) to My Desktop, My Documents or a network drive. The Zip file contains update instructions in a Word document named WI Update Guide Abstract Plus to It also contains 12 additional files needed to run the update process and two folders – Updates and Logs. Please read the update instructions document carefully before updating your program. If you have questions on updating your existing version of Abstract Plus, please contact Laura Stephenson at laura.stephenson@dhs.wisconsin.gov.

For first time Abstract Plus users, download this zip file (WIAbstractPlusV15Install.zip) (Zip, 63 MB). This Zip file  contains the new installation setup files (setup.exe and AbstractPlus_3.5_V150_WI.msi) and installation instructions (WI_Abstract_Plus_3.5_Installation_Guide.docx). Please read the installation instructions document carefully before installing Abstract Plus. If you have questions on installing Abstract Plus for the first time, please contact Laura Stephenson at laura.stephenson@dhs.wisconsin.gov.

Read the installation or update instructions provided in the zip file.  (For first time users, make sure your IT staff has read the instructions for network data location updates and permissions needed to use Abstract Plus.)

You must have administrative privileges to your computer in order to install Abstract Plus.  Contact your system administrator to install the program if you do not have administrative privileges.

There are some new important features in this version of Abstract Plus, please make sure you download the updated 2015 Abstract Plus User Manual (Word, 7 MB) to familiarize yourself with these new features.

Last Revised: August 24, 2016