Cancer Registrars

A Doctor Discusses Scan Results with a Cancer Registrar

Cancer registrars are responsible for collecting, compiling and reporting full histories of cancer patients in a specific population, usually a hospital, or geographic area such as a state or country. To do so, the cancer registrar identifies, records, and maintains data regarding the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and the status of individuals with cancer (tumors). Cancer registrars provide information for cancer registries which track individual patients from the time of diagnoses, with lifetime follow up, in order to create data which can be analyzed to track treatment, as well as survival and outcome information, with the goal of preventing or successfully treating cancers.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Cancer Information Specialists, Medical Records Specialists (Tumor Registry), Oncology Abstractors, Tumor Registrars
Duties Process data specific to cancer; identify patients with cancer; obtain, record, classify, and track information about patients, their treatment, and outcome; compile and analyze information about patient groups; report relevant findings to cancer registries
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions with state registries frequently located in state capitals
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Mathematics
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Scientific
  • Information Management
  • Organizational
  • Research
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Cancer Registry Manager or Director
  • Cancer Registrar
  • Data Processor, Cancer Registry
  • Medical Records Clerk

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