Review: Policies and Procedures
Here is what we have learned from Policies and Procedures:
- The cancer committee is responsible for the supervision of the cancer registry, monitoring follow-up rates and finding solutions to problems that the registry encounters.
- The cancer committee determines the types of cases to be followed, establishes the frequency of contact and procedures for initiation of follow-up, and also determines the sequence of contacts or sources for follow-up.
- The CoC of the American College of Surgeons core follow-up data items for approved cancer programs are the following:
- Date of last contact or death
- Cancer status
- Vital status
- Date of first recurrence
- Type of first recurrence
- Commission on Cancer coding system, current
- An adequate staff and budget must be provided to handle the follow-up volume.
- The follow-up process actually begins with the initial abstracting process, and all information that may be useful for follow-up purposes must be abstracted.
- Follow-up letters represent the facility and must be approved by the appropriate institutional committees, the administration, or the cancer committee.