Each year cancer registrars submit thousands of cases to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) during the NCDB’s Annual Call for Data. This data provides valuable feedback for cancer-approved programs and is used for benchmarking and providing outcomes and survival data. Passing the edits allows for a smooth submission, but registrars should go beyond the edits and make every effort to submit data to the NCDB that is complete and meaningful.
Submitting Incomplete Data to the NCDB
Cases submitted with no treatment information or an unknown stage do not represent the patient well in the NCDB. These cases often cannot be used in benchmarking for treatment, staging or survival. Registrars need to make every attempt to acquire this data so the information is meaningful and can be utilized.
How to Address Incomplete Data
Reporting these types of cases to the cancer committee or working with the cancer liaison physician is one way registrars can make a change. This is particularly true with unstaged cases where the diagnostic workup and treatment was performed at the reporting facility. If staging cannot be obtained from the managing physician, perhaps the cancer committee physicians can assist in the assignment of staging. In addition, patients who have no treatment information can lead to opportunities for patient navigation as it is critical to determine what happened to these patients.
Registrars need to reach out to their cancer care team for help with incomplete cases to ensure the cancer registry is a rich source of data for the NCDB and represents the patients we serve.
How do you handle incomplete data? Leave a comment below to share your experience.
CHAMPS Oncology will attend, exhibit and present at the National Cancer Registrar Association's (NCRA) 46th Annual Educational Conference that is taking place virtually Monday, Sept. 21 through Wednesday, Sept. 23.
CHAMPS Oncology Regional Manager Amanda Harvey-McKee, BA, CTR, will be presenting during the Registry Management Symposium portion of the conference. Her presentation, Transform Your Cancer Program with the Data You Collect, will take place during the conference. Check back for more details on her presentation as the conference date approaches!
Visit our booth to learn about our cancer registry careers and see if you have what it takes to join our team!
Learn more about the NCRA 46th Annual Educational Conference by visiting their website.
Where: ONLINE - VIRTUAL FORMAT
When: Sep 21, 2020 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
ACCC 46th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit
CHAMPS Oncology will attend and exhibit at the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) 45th Annual Meeting and Cancer Center Business Summit.
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Where: Washington Hilton, DC
When: Mar 4, 2020 -
CHAMPS Oncology Annual Meeting: 2020 Cancer Program Insights
CHAMPS Oncology's Annual Meeting: 2020 Cancer Program Insights will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Register now to attend our free, in-person meeting.
What are the objectives?
Review NEW CoC Standards.
Receive NEW Compliance at a Glance Tool.
Ensure you're prepared for your first quarter cancer committee.
Who should attend?
Certified Tumor Registrars (CTRs)
Cancer Service Line Leaders
Cancer Committee Members
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Can't attend in person? Downloadable version and CEs will be available for purchase.
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