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  • Cancer Registrar | FT Days | Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) certification

    Requisition ID
    Other Allied Health
    Position Type
    Full Time
    Oncology Data Services
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    Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) certification REQUIRED



    Responsibilities and Qualifications

    Promotes quality cancer patient care management via data collection, research and continuing follow-up reflecting the course of the disease for the life of the patient. Abstracts, conducts case finding, follow-up and research - all designed to promote quality patient care management.



    Because you’re committed to excellence, you understand the importance of being properly prepared for your role at Mercy. That’s why you’ll bring to your role the right set of qualifications:

    Education: High school diploma plus 1-3 years technical school or college required in medical records.
    Experience: 1 year experience in a cancer registry environment.
    Certifications: Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) certification required.



    Safety/Risk Management:

    a. Follows policy/procedure for Incident Report/ Sentinel Events.
    b. Follows Confidentiality Policy/Procedure.
    c. Creates a Safe Environment: Patient I.D.; Unit/Departmental Specific Policies.
    d. Adheres to hospital wide and specific department safety regulations: Fire and Tornado; Environmental Safety.
    e. Complies with patients rights/regulations.


    Coordination of Services:

    a. Abstracting and Follow-up: Prepares St. John’s Mercy Medical Center summary information regarding patient demographics, tumor characteristics (site, histology, extent of disease), treatment (surgical, radiological, chemotherapeutic), vital status, and social history. Demonstrates complete understanding of the SEER and TNM staging systems. Documents follow-up system annually (records any evidence of recurrent disease, further treatment given, and quality of survival, etc.) to assure patient follow-up with their physician.
    b. Quality Assurance/Research: Responds to requests for information, participates in the development of QI program to ensure accuracy and quality data, patient care evaluation studies, outcome data, and researching the feature site(s) for the annual report.
    c. Casefinding: Ensures the inclusion of all patients diagnosed and/or treated for malignancies at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center (inpatient and outpatient); provides synthesis of information from pathology reports, medical records, computer-generated reports, radiation therapy and cytology results.
    d. Project Management/Conferences: Assists in special tumor registry projects, cancer committee and oncology conference preparation and attendance.
    e. Establishes and maintains procedure through which the dual requirements of casefinding and abstracting timelines (as defined by ACoS) are met (i.e. “close out”).

    Primary Aspects:

    A. Demonstrates proper time management skills and priority setting.
    B. Casefinding: Utilizes current ACoS principles and cancer committee directives to establish reportable and non-reportable cases. Establishes procedures to ensure inclusion of all reportable cases. Source documents include, but are not limited to, pathology reports, radiation oncology records, medical records provided and/or requested from HIS and cytology reports.
    C. Abstracting:
    a. Determines from source documents: i. Patient demographic characteristics; ii. Morphology and histology of primary cancer according to current edition of ICD-O; iii. Diagnostic procedures; iv. Stage/extent of disease using both SEER and current TNM guidelines. v. All relevant medical treatment modalities.
    b. Coordinates physician review of 10% of all cases accessioned by the Cancer Registry under the direction of the Cancer Committee.
    c. Documentation is factual, accurate, organized, complete, current and confidential.
    d. Coordinates peer review of charts to ensure quality abstracting.
    e. Inputs above data items into computer system according to specific guidelines in abstracting manual.
    D. Follow-up:
    a. Follow all living patients with reportable malignancies (except for carcinoma in-situ of cervix and non-analytic) to obtain vital status, cancer status, subsequent treatment received, and inputs results into computer system.
    b. Assists in maintaining at least the minimum follow-up rate (90%) as required by ACoS.
    E. Demonstrates flexibility regarding workload, assignments and change
    F. Attends Cancer Committee and tumor conferences.
    G. Provides staff assistance to the Cancer Committee:
    a. Special projects delegated by the committee.
    H. Maintains quality control of casefinding, abstracting, follow-up and data entry with a minimum overall accuracy rate of 90% (random sample)
    a. Data Entry: All data input is double-checked daily by the abstractor.

    Communication Management:

    A. Assists Cancer Registry supervisor and/or Executive Director in assembling and disseminating data collection in the Cancer Registry; 1. Answers requests for data; 2. Assists in defining parameters of both routine and special requests. 3. Assists in various developmental stages of Annual Report.
    B. Assists Administration, clinicians, epidemiologists and other researchers on cancer-related studies and research projects as requested; 1. Completes selected Patient Care Evaluation studies (PCEs) from ACoS subject to review by selected physician-advisors; 2. Completes studies according to specific guidelines in areas identified as needing special review. 3. Participates as a team member with department wide
    D. Participates in continuing education through attendance at lectures, workshops and training programs and shares with co-workers.



    A. Understands applicable and effectual uses of hospital and departmental computer systems.
    B. Demonstrates ability to maintain accurate data entry relevant to cancer cases, utilizing current software.




    We’ll Support You at Work and Home


    Our foundations are built on dignity and respect. Modern Healthcare Magazine named us as a “top 100 places to work.” We go out of our way to help people feel welcomed. We offer day-one comprehensive health, vision and dental coverage, PTO, and employer-matched retirement funds, even to part-time employees. We’re proud to provide tuition reimbursement to help you grow and learn new skills.


    What Makes a Good Match for Mercy


    Compassion and professionalism go hand-in-hand with us, along with exceptional quality care. Having a positive outlook and a strong sense of advocacy is in perfect step with our mission and vision. We’re also collaborative and are not afraid to do a little extra to deliver excellent care – that’s just part of our commitment. If that sounds like a fit for you as well, we encourage you to apply.


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