The Cancer Registry is a vital part of the Avera Cancer Institute's comprehensive cancer programs. The Registry allows us to collect information that will be used for education, research and lifetime patient follow-up. Physicians and patients are made aware of the need for regular on-going exams so the long-term effects of specific treatments can be assessed.
Data collected may include medical history, demographics, diagnostic, staging and treatment information and follow-up. All records are held in strict confidence and individuals are not identified in any published reports from the Cancer Registry.
What we Use the Information For?
The information collected by the Cancer Registry is used to:
- Encourage patients to schedule follow-up examinations for the evaluation of treatments that were received and for early detection of any possible recurrence
- Analyze referral patterns
- Detect trends in cancer rates for future planning purposes
- Perform reviews regarding the quality and appropriateness of care
- Develop education programs for patients, health care professionals and the general public
- Perform studies that evaluate the success of treatment, both in terms of quality of life and length of survival
- Perform research studies on the causes of cancer, diagnostic tests for cancer, and the effectiveness of cancer treatments
- Submit reports to the National Cancer Data Base maintained by the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society
- Submit reports to appropriate state central cancer registries
- Analyze and compare local data with regional and national cancer information