The tumor registry at Tift Regional identifies, registers and maintains records of all cancer patients by utilizing the tumor registry data system. The Registry provides a system to monitor all cancer patients diagnosed and treated at Tift Regional. The Registrar is primarily responsible for complete and accurate data collection, maintenance and follow-up.
An abstract is compiled on each cancer patient based on a review of medical records. This abstract includes patient demographics, medical history, occupation, occupational exposures, diagnostic findings, stage at diagnosis, and cancer treatment. We use this data to help identify the cancers found in our area so we can determine the best way to meet the needs of our community. At Tift Regional, the Registrar does all of the above as well as coordinates Cancer Conferences and Cancer Committee.
The individual cancer patient is never identified outside the registry system, and only grouped data are analyzed and published. Your medical history and follow-up information are kept in complete confidence in accordance with Tift Regional policy, Georgia State Cancer Registry policy, Georgia State Law and the National Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Lifetime patient follow-up:
The registry is required to have contact with each cancer patient every 12-15 months (through either the physician or directly with the patient) to determine what is occurring medically with him or her. At times, this contact from the registry has helped to remind a patient that they need to schedule a follow-up examination with their physician.
How Can You Help?
Schedule examinations with your physician as often as he recommends. Inform the Cancer Registry of changes in your name, address or physician by calling the Tift Regional Medical Center Tumor Registry at 229-353-6287. Please respond to any inquiries you may receive from us.