After serving in the United States Army, I was employed temporarily in the cancer registry field. I really enjoyed the job and soon became a certified tumor registrar. I love my job as a cancer registrar and have been doing it over 19 years, 11 of them with Providence Health & Services.
Unfortunately cancer has played a big part in my family, most recently with my son’s cancer diagnosis. I continue to hope that the great work we do within the Providence Cancer Registry, collecting cancer data to help with research, will help save lives and eventually find a cure for cancer.
A cancer registrar is a respected and valued member of the hospital’s cancer program. The program’s main purpose is to oversee state-of-the art cancer care for all patients. The registrar works closely with physicians, hospital administration and other health professions in maintaining a database on patient care, which is evaluated and studied. A cancer registrar collects, records and analyzes data on patients diagnosed with cancer and benign brain tumors. The registrar maintains follow-up data for each cancer patient throughout the patient’s lifetime. This provides survival statistics and treatment efficacy.