On the surface, reporting to the national cancer registry may seem like simple data collection, but it’s much more than that for the Providence cancer registry team. Our analysts pore over the charts of 1,700 new cancer cases a year, tracking the diagnosis, treatment and outcome of each in the unending quest to improve outcomes for cancer patients.
The law requires that all cancer cases be reported to the state, which forwards the information to the national registry. This collection of data helps determine the prevalence of cancer types throughout the country. The anonymous information collected by Providence Cancer Registry is also used to help save lives.
Our team compiles in-depth files on difficult cancer cases that oncology experts reference during weekly cancer conferences at Providence Cancer Center. The cases do not have patients’ names or identifying information, to preserve privacy, but they do give specifics of the medical case. This sharing of information among experts helps determine the best course of treatment for patients with the most challenging illnesses. Many of our registry team members have experienced cancer in their families. They understand the significance of their work in the war on cancer.