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How to Abstract Cancer Registry Information

Certain information is basic to any abstract, such as the medical record number, diagnosis, date of diagnosis, age, sex, race, treatment, date of last follow-up, and status of the patient at last follow-up. For a detailed list of information requirements for a cancer registry see the Registry Operations and Data Standards Manual (ROADS, soon to become the "Facility Oncology Registry Data Standards" (FORDS), effective with 2003 cancer diagnoses) of the Commission on Cancer, American College of Surgeons. Other information is optional depending upon the scope of your registry. The detailed description that follows is designed to fit the needs of all users-hospitals, clinics, and central registry systems.