This module consists of 4 units. Unit 2.1 provides basic information about which healthcare facilities are responsible for reporting cancer cases and maintaining confidentiality. Unit 2.2 refers users to the International Classification of Diseases for Oncology, Third Edition (ICD-O-3): the list source for reportable tumors. Unit 2.3 categorizes the information collected by cancer registrars. Unit 2.4 offers a basic list of medical record reports from which cancer registrars can find patient and cancer information.
After completing this module, cancer abstractors will be able to:
Unit 2.1: Who Reports the Information?
By law, all cancer cases diagnosed and/or treated at these type facilities are required to be reported to the Tennessee Cancer Registry. (See Tennessee Cancer Reporting Act.)
Cancer data are highly confidential. Therefore, one of the most important responsibilities of cancer registry professionals is to protect the confidentiality of cancer patient information. (See HIPAA Privacy Rule.)
Unit 2.2: Reportable Malignancies
The reportable tumors are those that are listed in the International Classification of Diseases for Oncology, Third Edition (ICD-O-3) which have a behavior defined as in situ (behavior code = /2) or invasive (behavior code = /3). Beginning with Jan 1, 2004, all benign CNS tumors are also required to be reported.
Unit 2.3: What Information Is Reported?
The information collected by cancer registries can be placed into different categories:
Unit 2.4: Where Is The Information Found?
Cancer information is found in the medical record
Diagnostic and clinical findings, dates, surgical procedures, and treatment information can be identified by analyzing documents in the medical record.
Cancer data collection is a time and labor-intensive effort, but the great value of its product, cancer statistics, makes all of the hard work worthwhile.
Module 2: Review & Quiz
Review for Module 2
Cancer data is placed into different categories:
The collection of data begins with the diagnosis of cancer. Facilities that diagnose and/or treat cancer patients are required by law, the Tennessee Cancer Reporting Act of 1983, to report cases and provide cancer data to the Tennessee Cancer Registry.
To protect the confidentiality of cancer patients, physicians, and health care facilities, relevant regulations, policies, and laws are strictly implemented to standardize the handling of information in cancer registries.
Quiz for Module 2
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