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NCRA Annual Conference

Don't miss the upcoming conference April 5-8, in Washington, DC

Join the National Cancer Registrars Association at its 43rd Annual Educational Conference, April 5-8, 2017, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The theme is "Monumental Educational Experiences for Cancer Registry Professionals."

NCRA is thrilled to have Lawrence Shulman, MD, Chair, Commission on Cancer, join us as our keynote speaker on Thursday, April 6. He is the deputy director for Clinical Services at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. His research includes development of new cancer therapies and implementation of cancer treatment in low-resource settings. Dr. Shulman's address will discuss the future of the Commission on Cancer and the importance of cancer registrars.Cancer Registry

Following the keynote speaker, Lisa Richardson, MD, MPH, director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Lynne Penberthy, MD, MPH, associate director of the Surveillance Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, will discuss data collection in today's environment. Additional plenary sessions include topics of great interest to registrars, including one day dedicated to highlighting the upcoming AJCC Cancer Staging Manual Eighth Edition. This is the first national meeting focused solely on preparing registrars for the new staging system. Presenters will showcase what's new and outline the differences between the seventh and eighth editions to ensure registrars are successful in making the change.
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The concurrent sessions include six topic areas: data analysis, central registry, hospital registry, professional development, registry management, and site-specific. The topic areas provide conference attendees a wide range of choices to meet individual educational needs. Over 45 plenary and concurrent sessions are scheduled, and you can earn over 18 CEs in three days!

NCRA is offering several workshops, including a two-day pre-conference workshop entitled SEER: 2017 Advanced Topics for Registry Professionals, and a one-day workshop to prepare registrars to take the CTR exam. A post-conference workshop entitled Cancer Informatics: Case Studies for the Cancer Registrar, employs the case study method among small learning groups to prepare registrars to tackle cancer informatics in their workplace. The popular Fundamentals of Abstracting Workshop will be offered again in 2017. This workshop runs concurrent with the conference and is intended for cancer registry employees with between six months and two years of experience. Separate registration for all workshops is required.

A highlight of this year's conference is the Walk on Capitol Hill. NCRA will work with interested members in arranging meetings with their elected officials. This is a wonderful opportunity to help Congress understand the value of cancer registries and for registrars to grow professionally.

To learn more about the conference and workshops -- including details on educational sessions, registration and hotel information -- go to NCRA's website at

Linda Mulvihill, RHIT, CTR is chair of the NCRA 2017 Conference Program Committee.

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