Date: November 20th 2019
Location: Dignity Health
St. Joseph Hospital & Medical Center
350 W Thomas Road Phoenix AZ 85013
The meeting was a success…
CRAAZ was able to offer this meeting through webinar for the 1st time as well as on-site. Our presenters were fabulous and were able to address a lot of changes to the new rules in place.
Recognition to our NEW CTRs for 2018 & 2019.
Along with their recognition, they were given as a gift to passing the CTR exam free membership for 2020. CONGRATULATIONS to our NEW CTR’s!
2018 (Spring, Summer, Fall)
2019 (Spring, Summer, Fall is pending results)
Elizabeth (Liz) Pulcini
Thia Nguyen – Starbucks donated from Elekta
Susan Sullivan – Starbucks w/coffee & tea donated from Registry Partners
Jill Herschel – Harkin’s family pack of 4
Melanie Zaleski – Wine
Early Bird Registration $50 Winner for 2019
Vendors that Participated at the 2019 CRAAZ Conference
Sonreg Solutions Inc.
July 17, 2019
Solid Tumor Rules: July 2019 Update
Based on questions and continued suggestions from registrars and educators, the decision was made to update the applicable rules at this time. Most changes are minor: terminology, additional definitions, and new notes and examples. We recommend you read the July 2019 Change Log to understand what changes were made.
Lung H rule:
We identified an issue with lung histology reporting by pathologists and after consulting with our expert lung pathologist, determined that a rule should be added to specifically address this issue.
The new lung H rule address tumors with multiple types of adenocarcinoma and percentages of each type listed in the diagnosis. The original H rule instructed registrars to code adenocarcinoma, mixed types (8255/3). Per our lung expert, ICD-O code 8255/3 is strongly discouraged. The new H rule provides instructions on coding the histology comprising the greatest percentage of tumor. Lung Table 2 (Combination histology codes) has also been updated to reinforce the new H rule.
Important: We strongly suggest you review lung cases diagnosed 1/1/2018 forward with code 8255/3 to determine if a specific histology code can be assigned based on the new H rule. By coding a specific histology rather than the mixed histology, you will be able to assign stage.
Lung M rule:
A rule was added to address separate non-contiguous tumors, one with a combination code from Table 2 and one with a single histology from Table 3.
A comprehensive change log has also been posted for reference.
The updated rules published July 2019 apply to the following sites only:
• Head & Neck
• Malignant CNS
• Non-malignant CNS
The Solid Tumor Manual can be accessed at: https://seer.cancer.gov/tools/solidtumor/
Submit questions concerning the Solid Tumor Rules to Ask A SEER Registrar:
Where is going to be?Location: St. Joseph Hospital & Medical Center
350 W Thomas Road * Phoenix Arizona 85013
Date: November 20th, 2019, Wednesday
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Check-In at 7:00 AM
2019 Events in Arizona
- Arizona Cancer Registry will be hosting an Annual Workshop, A Data Focus, on June 28th, 2019 at Desert Willow Conference Center.
- Cancer Registrar of Arizona (CRAAZ) will be hosting an Annual Event on November 20th, 2019 at St Joseph Hospital & Medical Center in Phoenix Arizona.
- American Cancer Society will be hosting several events in Arizona. Here are a list of events if you would like to attend. If you would like additional information on any of these events click here to search for that specific event.
- 2019 Tucson DE Breakfast AZ
- 2019 Real Men Wear Pink of Phoenix AZ
- 2019 Relay For Life of Queen Creek and San Tan Valley AZ VL
- 2019 Making Strides of Phoenix AZ
- 2019 Rugged Maniac Phoenix-Glendale AZ
- 2019 OdySea in the Desert AZ
2018 CRAAZ Conference was Cancelled…
Registration for the Fall Conference has opened and we are ready to accept registration! Please click the link which will take you to the page to complete registration. You can either complete it online or you can print off the form and mail it to us. We will also accept late registration at the door but please complete the form early so we can adequately plan for the number of attendees! Thanks so much for all you do and we look forward to seeing you all there!
2018 CRAAZ President
We’ve almost made it out of summertime in Phoenix, but what has been hotter than the summer sun are some of ACR’s most recent reports available to you and the Arizona community. Still warm from the printing press; check out Arizona Melanoma Reporting 2018-1, for the most recent update on
physician reporting of melanoma. It’s hard to believe that 2018 changes are among us. At the ACR we are not only preparing for 2018 changes, but also producing information retrospectively on prior diagnosis years such as the release of “Cancer in Arizona – Statistics & Trends.” From day to day work activities, it might be hard to imagine your role in Arizona’s public health system as a single hospital registrar. However, collectively registrars have an enormous impact on cancer analysis through their abstracts. I encourage you to see the impact you make by checking for newly posted information on cancer and related at the ACR website: https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/public-health-statistics/cancer-registry/index.php
So happy to find you here! The Cancer Registry Association of Arizona is very excited about the new look and energy we are creating around YOUR Association. I emphasize YOUR Association because that’s what CRAAZ is. CRAAZ does not exist without the membership of the registrars throughout the state. An organization that was created in 1997 to serve the Arizona registry community in training and education, networking, and advocacy. With the busyness of the work we do and the volunteer nature of the CRAAZ Board, we recognized that CRAAZ needed to step up and be more of a presence and greater service to the AZ registry community. In the next year you will see more postings to the website… job postings… training and education opportunities… invitations for your involvement… networking opportunities… and more.
To begin with… the next NAACCR Webinar is 6/7/2018 and the topic is Thyroid and Adrenal Gland
(See the calendar attached.) Please join me at the Arizona Cancer Registry for the free airing of this webinar and gain 3 CEU’s. Watch for the registration link from survey monkey or contact Teri Johnson at Teresa.firstname.lastname@example.org
Also Please Save the Date of June 29th for the Annual Arizona Cancer Registry meeting
Please spread the word that CRAAZ is here and working to support the Arizona Registry Community. If you have not joined or know new registrars that don’t know about CRAAZ share the info and help make CRAAZ stronger and better to continue to support the good work we all do. We’re stronger together!
Arizona Cancer Registry