Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: November 27, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412953948 | Print ISBN: 9781412928168 | Online ISBN: 9781412953948| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Rita Velikina & Zuo-Feng Zhang
A cancer registry, also referred to as a tumor registry, is a cancer surveillance system that provides continued follow-up care on all cancer patients in a given location, hospital, or state. It is the chief method in the United States by which information is systematically collected about people diagnosed with cancer. Cancer registries document and store all significant elements of a patient's history and treatment. Depending on the resources available, the information may include basic demographic data such as age, sex, ethnicity, race, residence, and place of birth; date of diagnosis; date and cause of death; the type of cancer and its anatomical location; the extent of disease at the time of diagnosis; the types of treatment received; and the outcomes of treatment and clinical management. The information collected is then used to monitor cancer trends over time; to determine cancer patterns in various populations; to guide the planning and ...