There is an old saying my parents used to say… Nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. Well, I would like to add CHANGE to that. Change is inevitable.
Some change is delightful—weddings, graduations, the birth of a new family member, retirement. Some change is difficult—job loss, illness/pandemics, death. Most change is in between these endpoints of the spectrum of life. We all experience change.
In our chosen career of cancer registry, we experience change on just about a yearly basis as data collection fields are added, removed, or revised. This change then morphs into a change in our cancer registry database application. This can change our workload as we learn the new fields and adjust accordingly. It may seem that these changes are haphazard, but they are not. In the NAACCR 2-22 Implementation Webinar (recording available), Serban Negoita, MD, DrPH, CPH, CTR, of SEER explained the detailed process that a data field request must go through before it is approved by standard setters for inclusion into the NAACCR dataset. If you missed the webinar, I would encourage you to listen to it to see what the process is for adding, removing, or changing a data collection field.
Explore Major Changes in the Cancer Registry Field with Ciox
Not only do data collection fields change, but so do accreditation standards, staging, cancer treatments, technology, electronic health records… this list could go on and on. What I am trying to say is that change happens, has always happened, and will continue to happen in the cancer registry field.
To learn more about change in the cancer registry field, please join me on November 16, 2021, at 1:00 PM ET for a Ciox webinar: A Review of Cancer Registry – Retrospective, Current and Prospective. We will explore some major areas of change over the past 40 years, where we stand now, and muse over how cancer registry may change in the future.