Cancer Registrar Training

Keeping Up with Seismic Growth in Genetic Testing

Posted by on September 23, 2016 at 8:28 am

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There has been a seismic increase in the number of laboratories and genetic tests and studies since 2013, due in part to the Supreme Court ruling that human genes are not patentable.  More and more labs are offering testing and multigene panels, new genes and gene mutations are being identified each and every day.  While […]

Particle Pollution and Lung Cancer

Posted by on July 29, 2016 at 7:56 pm

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Is there a connection between lung cancer and outdoor air pollution, or particle pollution?  We are aware of the connection between cigarettes, smoking and lung cancer, but did you know air pollution is also a risk factor?  There is overwhelming evidence to suggest that the air we breathe, that comes from vehicle exhaust, coal-fired power […]

New Drug for Mantle Cell Lymphoma

Posted by on November 6, 2015 at 7:44 am

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A new combination treatment eliminating many of the side effects of traditional chemotherapy for mantle cell lymphoma has shown favorable response in a two-year trial according to Weill Cornell Medicine research.  The pill Lenalidomide, taken in combination with the antibody Rituximab shrunk tumor size by more than more than half in 90% of the patients enrolled […]

Create Your Dream Job

Posted by on May 9, 2015 at 11:40 am

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Lots of people look for their dream job in Cancer Registry, but few ever define what that dream job really is.  Often a person’s idea of a dream job is based on their desires, or even fantasies, instead of what is realistic. So, first, let’s look at what a dream job is not a job that: […]

What are the chances DCIS will come back?

Posted by on December 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

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As Cancer Registrars we all hear physicians and cancer conference participants talk about the risk of a DCIS recurrence.  In this short video Dr. Rick Baehner, Senior Director of Pathology at Genomic Health, talks about what DCIS breast cancer patients can expect in terms of percentages.

GIST – Reportable Case or Not?

Posted by on September 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Recently, while performing case-finding, I came upon a path report with a diagnosis of a gastrointestinal stromal tumor, or GIST.  After discovering that there was no statement of malignancy I contacted my pathologist and asked for a clarification.  What seemed like a simple step ultimately led me to learn more about these tumors and how the pathologic […]

Cancer Registry Resource

Posted by on April 11, 2014 at 9:50 am

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Cancer Registrars need good, up-to-date resources on the diagnosis, treatment and clinical progression of malignancies.  Evidence-based medicine has found its way into the Cancer Registry and case abstracts should also document the diagnostic workup and treatment the patient received in comparison to evidence-based medicine. If you are a cancer registrar who is looking for a […]

Cancer Registrars and Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Posted by on April 8, 2014 at 9:21 am

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For the cancer registrar who is passionate about serving the needs of their organization and making sure that they are competitive healthcare professionals in the future, some time spent in study of Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) recommended.  While most know that the MU involves the use of electronic health records (EHR) some may not be […]

Crazy Sexy Kitchen

Posted by on October 30, 2012 at 7:55 am

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How many times in the past year have you said you wanted to get healthier, eat healthy or improve your overall fitness?  If you’re like me, A LOT!  Here’s what I am learning:  diets never last, lifestyle is forever!  Powerful, isn’t it?   In the past month I’ve also become a fan of Marie Forleo, she […]

@TumorBoard

Posted by on October 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

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Here’s an interesting oncology service called @TumorBoard.  “@TumorBoard is a web based platform that provides real time support for both engaged physicians and their cancer patients. Traditionally excluded from the decision-making process characteristic of most hospital based tumor boards, the inclusion of the patient promotes a patient centered or integrated care approach characteristic of the […]