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Training Resources for Cancer Registrars

There is a wealth of training and educational resources available to cancer data reporters, cancer registrars, Certified Tumor Registrars (CTR®), those interested in becoming a CTR and those who want to learn more about the skills and expertise needed to be a cancer registrar. Below are highly recommended training and educational resources available from national cancer registry standard setters. Click on the links to learn more from the agency providing the training materials.

AJCC 8th Edition Cancer Staging External link
View recordings of webinars on AJCC Cancer Staging. Webinars are designed to provide cancer registrars a step-wise learning environment for self-study, complete with quizzes and case scenarios to reinforce the appropriate application of AJCC staging principles.

NAACCR Educational Products External link

  • Monthly Cancer Registry and Surveillance Webinar Series: A different webinar is presented on the first Thursday of each month. Each webinar consists of anatomy, staging, treatment and how to code it.
  • CTR Exam Preparation & Review: A webinar series with online interactive instruction with live instructors, covering material that will reflect the CTR exam.
  • NAACCR Talks: Free webinars on topics of concern to the NAACCR membership.

NCRA Education External link

  • NCRA Center for Cancer Registry Education External link
    Access to high-quality educational programming to support both seasoned professionals and those new to the field. Most are fee based.
  • NCRA Council on Certification External link
    The Council on Certification promotes standardization in the collection and use of cancer data through examination and certification of Cancer Registrars and other cancer data specialists. The CTR®, Certified Tumor Registrar, credential marks achievement, fosters professional pride, and is nationally recognized in recruitment and retention of registry personnel.

SEER Online Training External link

  • SEER*Educate External link
    This comprehensive training platform is tailored specifically for cancer registry professionals to improve technical skills through applied testing on the latest coding guidelines and concepts.
  • SEER Training Website External link
    Web-based training modules for cancer registration and surveillance.
  • SEER Self Instructional Manuals External link
    A collection of instructional manuals in PDF format.

CDC NPCR Training External link

  • Cyber Cancer Registry External link
    Interactive virtual registry system for developing and assessing the skills of cancer registry personnel. It provides new registrars an opportunity to gain hands-on practice in core areas of cancer registry operations.

National Reporting, Coding, Staging and Abstracting Manuals

The following are the manuals currently in effect for ensuring accurate and consistent cancer data. Data reporters are required to follow these guidelines and must apply these coding instructions for each data item when abstracting cases.

These reporting requirements follow national data standards to ensure the uniform description and reporting of neoplastic diseases. Proper classification is essential for clinicians and researchers to evaluate results of management. These requirements serve as the standard for reporting on the incidence and outcome of cancer to the healthcare community and the public.