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Changes in the Oncology Industry

Keeping Up with Changes in the Oncology Industry

Tue, Jul 1, 2014  -  Comments (0)  -   Posted by Brenda Mileto

Change is something we have all grown accustomed to over the years. It’s one thing we can count on. Staying current and informed on changes in the oncology industry is a key mission for all of us at CHAMPS Oncology. We know it takes qualified, educated cancer registrars who understand and can implement these changes, in order for hospitals to feel confident in the information contained in their registries. 

Recent Changes in the Oncology Industry 

Grading (a system used to classify cancer cells in terms of how abnormal they appear when examined under a microscope) has been the most recent item to undergo a change in how data is collected within cancer registries. The previous introduction of site-specific grading systems had complicated the coding of the grade data element, resulting in the need for this change. The purpose of grading is to essentially identify the probable growth rate of a tumor and its likelihood to spread. Earlier this year, cancer registrars were informed the way grade is coded would change for all cases diagnosed on or after Jan. 1, 2014. 

Responding to Changes in the Oncology Industry 

In response, a small workgroup with representatives from the Commission on Cancer (CoC), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR), Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) came together to better define and outline how this data item should be coded. 

CHAMPS’ own Laura Vondenhuevel provides an overview of the grading change in a new webinar, Instructions for Coding Grade for 2014+: Guidance from SEER. We hope you find Laura’s presentation valuable to the work you are doing each day in the cancer registry. Please leave a comment below to let us know what you think or if you have a question you’d like her to address.

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