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June 22, 2015
Cancer Registrar’s Role Vital to Research

I am a cancer registrar.

Do you ever wonder how cancer statistics are collected? How doctors determine what cancer treatments are the most effective? Or how public health officials learn where clusters of cancer diagnoses are located?

The work that I do as a cancer registrar provides answers to these questions.

Cancer registrars are healthcare professionals who collect, analyze, and report cancer data. Details on diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship are collected for every cancer patient in the United States.

We work at hospitals, medical facilities, and central registries. The information we collect is reported, by law, to the state and federal government, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute.

Besides being a cancer registrar; I am also a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR), which is the credential that signifies professional excellence in the cancer registry field. I am an active member of the National Cancer Registrar Association (NCRA)—a volunteer organization with more than 5,000 members. Its mission is to serve as the premier education, credentialing, and advocacy resource for cancer data professionals.

Lynn Zollin can be reached at 508-764-2400 or by emailing