The Cancer Registry
The Cancer Registry is an essential part of the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (WDH) Cancer Program. The Cancer Registry is a data system designed for the collection, management and analysis of cancer information based on the patient population at WDH.
Our goal is to contribute toward education, prevention and control of cancer through information.
WDH uses the data to assure that patients are being diagnosed and treated in compliance with national benchmarks and standards of care. The data is also used in the planning of new services for our patient population.
The New Hampshire Department of Public Health requires that certain cancer information is reported to the New Hampshire State Cancer Registry (NHSCR) on a routine basis. WDH complies with these state mandates. The NHSCR then compiles cancer data received from New Hampshire state hospitals and reports this data to the National Program of Cancer Registries at the Centers for Disease Control.
A requirement for an accredited cancer program is annual reporting of cancer data to the National Cancer Data Base. This data is compliant with national standards for patient privacy, data completeness and timeliness of reporting.
The Cancer Registrar
Data is collected, managed and analyzed by Cancer Registrars. The registrar works closely with the health care professionals in the Seacoast Cancer Center at WDH, area physicians, health care agencies and hospital administrators in support of cancer program development, education, research and outcomes measurements. The Certified Tumor Registrar is a cancer registrar who has passed a proficiency examination administered by the National Cancer Registrars Association, Council on Certification. The Cancer Registry at WDH has 3 Certified Tumor Registrars on staff.
We Are Interested In You
Information you learn about cancer treatment and results comes to you, in part, from hospital-based cancer registries. As an accredited cancer program with the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer, WDH is charged with conducting lifetime surveillance on cancer patients. Surveillance is the process used to obtain updated information about our patient's health status during and after diagnosis and treatment. A cancer registrar will contact your physician(s) to get this vital health information. If the registry is unable to obtain information from your physician, you may be contacted by a cancer registrar. It is only through annual lifetime surveillance that WDH is able to determine your health status and treatment outcome.
National Cancer Data Base - Public Access
National Cancer Institute (SEER)
CDC: National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR)