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Cancer Registry Report on 2011 Activity
Julia Kang, CTR
Manager of Cancer Registry

The Cancer Registry of St. Luke's Hospital is staffed by four certified tumor registrars. All staff members participate in on-going oncology related continuing education annually by attending local and regional association meetings and Commission on Cancer sponsored meetings.

In 2011, there were 1,430 cases accessioned to the St. Luke's Hospital Cancer Registry. Of this number, 1,321 were analytic incidences of cancer with initial diagnosis and/or first-course treatment at St. Luke's Hospital, and 109 of these cases were considered non-analytic or cases of recurrent/persistent disease.

The graph below reflects the top five primary sites seen at St. Luke's Hospital in 2011. Based on 1,321 analytic primary cancers accessioned into the Registry's database, the top five primary sites represent 58 percent of the overall cases seen at St. Luke's Hospital.

Source of national data is from American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures for 2011, Estimated Leading Sites of New Cases.

In February 2011, St. Luke's changed its reference date from 1995 to 2004. The Cancer Registry's database now has 10,539 diagnosed cases from the new reference date of 2004. Of this number, 9,071 were analytic cases, with 6,616 (73 percent) known to be living and 2,455 (27 percent) expired. Successful follow-up was performed on 91 percent of the patients since the reference date. In comparison, follow-up performed on patients in the past five years is 93 percent. Both of these percentages are well above the standards set by the Commission on Cancer for successful follow-up.

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