Cancer Registry Management
A workforce analysis study of the Cancer Registry field was undertaken by the National Cancer Registrar's Association ((NCRA) in 2006. The findings of this study emphasized both the shortage of qualified registrars and the need for establishing both a minimum college degree requirement and expansion of formal education programs for eligibility for the CTR (Certified Tumor Registrar) credential. Using data from the Commission on Cancer, the American Hospital Association, and the North American Association Central Cancer Registries, this study estimates that there are currently about 7280 registrars. In 15 years, the estimated need is projected for at least 800 new registrars in addition to replacements for current registrars who will be retiring by that time. In the state of Georgia, the shortage of qualified CTRs (Certified Tumor Registrars) is already affecting the data collection ability of the Georgia Comprehensive Cancer Registry.
Upon the recommendations of the study, the NCRA has made several changes to increase the recruitment and retention in the cancer registry profession and to prepare for the expected increase in demand. One of the major changes concerns the eligibility to sit for the CTR exam. Specifically beginning in 2010, all candidates for the exam must have, at minimum, an associates degree.