Continuing Ed for Cancer Registrars

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 […]

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 benchmarking adds value

Posted by on June 20, 2012 at 7:28 am

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“Benchmarking is used to compare the practices, procedures and performance of one organization with those of another. It provides opportunities for sharing best practices and solutions to common issues or problems while helping the organization avoid “re-inventing the wheel.” A number of approaches to benchmarking exist, ranging from its simplest form consisting of two individuals […]

So You Want to Be a Cancer Registrar?

Posted by on June 10, 2012 at 7:12 am

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Are you considering a career in cancer registry, or you in school now to become a cancer registrar?  If so, congratulations on picking a great career.  Changing careers is a challenge, but making your way into a small niche like cancer registry could be one of the toughest jobs you will face.  To become a cancer registrar you […]

SEER Hematopoietic DB

Posted by on January 4, 2011 at 8:41 am

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The Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results, or SEER, program announced today a new release (v1.6.2) of the Hematopoietic & Lymphoid DB.  This reference tool is an incredible resource that all working cancer registrars and cancer registry students must have.  Formerly called “the Red Book,” by most cancer registrars it contains the reportability instructions and rules for […]