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Cancer tumor registries are complex databases maintained by accredited cancer programs. They serve to provide important information to clinical research aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
The WPAHS cancer registries have collected – and continue to collect- demographic, diagnostic, treatment, and outcome data on all patients diagnosed with or treated for cancer. Data is analyzed internally by members of the medical and administrative staffs and externally by researchers.
The registry annually follows-up on all registered patients and updates the database with current disease status, quality of life, recurrence information, and any subsequent treatment the cancer patient received during the year. This follow-up process continues annually throughout the patient’s lifetime and is critical in determining trends in cancer treatment and survival.
The West Penn Allegheny Health System Registries are accredited by the American College of Surgeons/Commission on Cancer with the most recent Approval Award of 3 Years with Commendation.