Archive for July, 2012

Cancer Registrars as patient advocates

July 24, 2012

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A patient advocate is someone who works on behalf of patients and their families during hospital stays or through other medical situations.  Quite often the patients they help have something in common, such as cancer or another medical condition.  Advocates work with different types of healthcare providers, such as physicians from different specialties, nursing and support […]

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Question – how do I become a cancer registrar?

July 22, 2012

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I am asked this question almost every week and the answer is, it depends.  OK, so that may not be the answer you were looking for, and it is certainly not all wrapped up neat and tidy, but it is the honest truth.  Becoming a cancer registrar depends on several things:  1) formal education and degree(s) you […]

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Cancer registrars and thought patterns

July 15, 2012

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Super Soul Sunday always has an incredible wealth of information and material that each of us can use to get more, give more, and do more with our lives.  The interview between Oprah and Dr. Wayne Dyer caught my attention along with what Dr. Dyer said, “Never put into thinking what you don’t want to […]

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Ethics and rapid changes in healthcare

July 14, 2012

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Medical advances are changing so rapidly it is hard to keep up.  Cancer registrars see how this impacts cancer care on a daily basis.  But, along with this comes ethics and legal considerations, in addition to protecting the patient’s rights and delivering the best possible care.  This has all been summarized quite well in an […]

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Cross sectional anatomy relevant to cancer registrars

July 13, 2012

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Cancer Registrars – here is a webinar that is coming up next week on cross-sectional anatomy that is also relevant to just about every aspect of our work.  The CE’s can also be used for your CTR credential maintenance.  I’ve included some info from MTMI below and the links to sign up and register.   […]

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The Need-to-Know About Breast Cancer

July 10, 2012

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Imagine what our public and healthcare communities might think about cancer registrars who began producing infographics such as this instead of the boring, bland or over-crowded graphs that we see all too often!  Now is the time to stretch, think and produce the results of your work so that it attracts physicians, staff and our […]

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Why cancer registrars should care about social media

July 8, 2012

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Why should cancer registrars care about social media?  Many are not allowed to use social media networking from their job sites and most feel that they do not have the time to engage in networking activities.  So, why care? It’s really quite simple.  The benefit that can be gained from the involvement and sharing of […]

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Preparing for the CTR Exam

July 7, 2012

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Do you want the straight scoop on how to prepare for the CTR exam?  Almost on a weekly basis I am asked at least one of these questions: “I am going to sit for my CTR exam in two months, how do I study?” “What books do I need to get ready?” “What course can […]

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Cancer Registrars and Independence

July 2, 2012

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Did you know that the Pledge of Allegiance starts with an “I” and ends with “all.” That’s what America is all about, but whether you live in the United States or abroad, the meaning of this applies to all cancer registrars. “I” refers to each individual cancer registrar and “all” refers to all of us, […]

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