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Capturing Each Patient’s Unique Story Through the Memorial Hermann Cancer Registry

The Memorial Hermann Cancer Registry is dedicated to capturing the complete patient cancer experience from diagnosis to survivorship. Each patient’s cancer experience is unique, based on the physician’s treatment plan, cancer stage and outcomes. The work of the System’s registrars, through the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC), leads to better information that helps researchers, physicians and administrators understand the management of cancer to find better treatment and improve overall survival.

In 2016, the System’s Cancer Registry abstracted more than 10,000 oncology cases and conducted patient follow-up on 25,000-plus cases. The registry also completed more than 250 data requests from physicians, oncology nurses, administrators and researchers.

“Each of the six national breast cancer measures was endorsed by the Commission on Cancer with the expectation that cancer programs would use them to assess their performance on treatment guidelines,” says Maria Tran, M.P.H., CTR, director of the Memorial Hermann Cancer Registry.

Tran and her team function as investigators assessing performance at the hospital and system level. “All patients who qualify are recommended or considered for the treatment specified in the measures,” she says. “They represent the care Memorial Hermann provides for patients depending on the cancer stage and prognostic factors.

Based on the national guidelines for breast cancer care and benchmarks set by the CoC, Memorial Hermann consistently outperformances to the standards of care set out in the guidelines.”

“The Cancer Registry is the very backbone of all the quality programming for any cancer program, and our team is outstanding,” says Sandy Miller, M.H.S.M., RN, NE-BC, vice president of the Memorial Hermann Oncology Service Line. “They staff and coordinate over 500 multidisciplinary cancer conferences each year, where nearly 1,800 unique cancer cases are presented.

In 2016, under Maria Tran’s leadership, we were reaccredited with Silver Commendation by the Commission on Cancer as an Integrated Network Cancer Program, one of only two in Texas.”