Community Healthcare System’s cancer registry ensures our hospitals’ cancer programs meet state and national reporting standards designed to identify preventable causes of cancer and help bring about improvement in the quality of life for those living with cancer. All cancers diagnosed at our hospitals are reported monthly to the State Cancer Registry Database and once a year to the National Cancer Database.
The Cancer Registry at Community Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center additionally support the work of their respective Cancer Committees and the requirements of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Accreditation ensuring that our patients receive the highest quality cancer care.
The Cancer Committees at Community Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center brings together a multidisciplinary team of physicians and other health professionals to monitor and improve our cancer programs. Attending weekly and monthly tumor board conferences to discuss newly diagnosed cases are a team that includes medical oncologists, nurses, pathologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and other specialists. The forum provides an informal “second opinion” from a broad range of cancer experts so patients benefit from their collective experience and expertise as treatment plans are developed.
The Cancer Registry provides lifetime follow-up information on all cancer patients who receive care from our hospitals. Confidentiality of patient identifying information is strictly maintained by the cancer registry. Data from our cancer registry is used to create reports reviewed by our Cancer Committee for audits evaluating patient care, monitoring treatment trends and comparing survival data with local and national trends.