FAQs

Below is a list of FAQs

The National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) defines a cancer registrar as, a data information specialist that captures a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the U.S.

Because cancer registrars impact the overall battle against cancer. The data they collect provides information to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research as well as improve cancer prevention and screening programs.

Registrars work closely with physicians, administrators, researchers, and healthcare planners to provide support for cancer program development, ensure compliance of reporting standards, and serve as a valuable resource for cancer information with the ultimate goal of preventing and controlling cancer.

You can become a cancer registrar by earning your cancer information management certificate then preparing to sit for the National Cancer Registrars Association’s Certified Tumor Registrars examination.

Numerous job opportunities for new cancer registrars are on the rise due to many seasoned cancer registrars across the country quickly approaching retirement.

Average annual earnings for full-time cancer registrars are competitive. A cancer registrar can earn an estimated $34,000 to $62,000 depending on job level, years of experience and geographical location.

You should show an interest in science courses related to biology, anatomy, physiology and math. You should enjoy measuring, calculating, reasoning, analyzing, integrating and synthesizing information.

Route A: Experience & Cancer Information Management Program

  • Complete a NCRA-accredited associate degree or formal education
  • Work practicum of 160 hours in a CTR-staffed cancer registry

Route B: Experience & Associate Degree

  • Have an associate degree including 2 semesters of human anatomy and physiology
  • Work 1 year full time (1,950 hrs) in the cancer registry field

CHAMPS Oncology’s 3-minute video, What is a Cancer Registrar, explains the profession and the impact cancer registrars make on cancer care, the cancer patient and the healthcare industry: