Understanding the nature of tumors, particularly, malignant ones, and deciphering the mechanism of their development, represents a vital challenge for modern healthcare. Therefore, services such as the tumor/cancer registry serve to accumulate essential data needed for further research on tumors, their nature, and the means of curing them. By ensuring data accuracy and completeness, a tumor registrar contributes to the development of the knowledge system about cancer and the means of addressing it.
As a rule, the duties of a cancer registrar revolve around data management and arrangement. Specifically, a tumor registrar identifies cancer- and tumor-related cases, introduces the relevant information to the database, and maintains data completeness (Shin et al., 2019). Apart from the specified three roles, a tumor registrar also conducts its analysis and presents the critical information to the parties involved in research (Andersen et al., 2019). Finally, a tumor registrar supplies vital information for future community needs assessment to healthcare organizations (Andersen et al., 2019). Therefore, the range of responsibilities of a cancer registrar is quite broad.
Neoplasm coding, particularly, assigning Code C80. 1 to cases involving the development of neoplasm, also relates to the responsibilities of a tumor registrar. By identifying and coding cases accordingly, a tumor registrar informs the medical community about the key paradigms observed in relevant cases. As a result, the quality of research improves, and methods of identifying the tumor at early stages is developed (Shin et al., 2019). As a tumor registrar, I can improve my career in coding by assessing cases and developing a proper understanding of the key markers of a malignant tumor.
Maintaining proper management of vital information about the known cases of tumor and cancer development in patients, a cancer registrar assists in building premises for evidence-based research and, therefore, the future development of innovative methods of treatment, prevention, and, possibly, even curing cancer. While seemingly tedious and mostly invisible, the job of a tumor registrar is crucial to the completion of cancer-related EBP studies. By arranging information effective, a cancer registrar enhances the quality and efficacy of research.
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