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Q&A: AJCC Category

Q:     What is the clinical and pathologic stage of a carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the breast where the pathologic criteria has been met – patient underwent a breast lumpectomy. A:     cT blank, cN0, cM0 clinical stage group 0, PTis, pN blank, pM blank pathologic stage group 0 Per AJCC general instructions page 12, carcinoma in situ is an exception to the stage grouping guidelines.  By…

Posted on Mar. 27, 2015 in How Should I Code This?

Interview with a Hospital Administrator Commission on Cancer Surveyor, Bill Laffey

During a recent meeting at the American Cancer Executives Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, I had the opportunity to listen to Bill Laffey speak on the CoC standards.  His perspective from being an administrator rather than a physician was a change from most presentations I had heard.  I went on to ask him a few questions I thought would be of interest to our readers.  …

Posted on Mar. 26, 2015 in From Our Perspective

Consultant Spotlight: Erica Sabatini, CTR

Erica Sabatini

Erica serves as a QC manager and Project manager for Registry Partners Incorporated.  As a QC manager, she performs weekly quality control reviews on all her assigned projects in addition to providing guidance and support to the project CTRs in answering abstracting questions.  Erica has been instrumental in project set up and defining the abstracting parameters of new projects.  Recently, Erica began to mentor a on-site registrar…

Posted on Mar. 26, 2015 in Consultant Spotlight

“Where are my patients going?” and other questions you don’t know you already have the answers to

We Have the Questions, YOUR Cancer Registry Has the Answers! With the depth and the quality of the cancer registry data collection process within cancer programs, it is hard not to ask questions related to your patient population and why your program is growing or in some cases not growing?  Listed below is a very small example in a world full of thousands and thousands of…

Posted on Mar. 24, 2015 in From Our Perspective