National Cancer Registrars Week

Cancer registrars throughout the world will join their colleagues, fellow medical professionals, and community leaders to observe the 28th annual National Cancer Registrars Week (NCRW), April 8-12, 2024. The purpose of NCRW is to emphasize the important role cancer registrars play in capturing the data that informs cancer research, prevention, and treatment programs. The theme for 2024 is A Diverse Workforce Serving a Diverse Population, a timely and vital theme for a multifaceted and growing profession! 

A special NCRW packet will be mailed March 2024 to all NCRA members. It contained the NCRW 2024 poster, press release, and a special gift to commemorate the week. 

  • Introduction to Cancer Registry: Use the link to the Introduction to the Cancer Registry materials on the Center for Cancer Registry Education website to help explain the work and contributions of a cancer registrar. 
  • Cancer Registrar Elevator Speech. Need guidance on how to talk about the cancer registry profession? Use our "elevator speech" to help you summarize the highlights.
  • Write to your state governor, city council, or local government officials to proclaim April 8-12, 2024 National Cancer Registrars Week. Read the 2023 proclamations below!
  • NCRA Products: Visit NCRA’s Store to order NCRA gifts and products to celebrate in 2023.
  • Share with the world! NCRA has prepared images for you to share on social media and in your email signature. Click and download the below.

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2024 Activities, Events, and Special Acknowledgements

What is your organization/facility doing for #NCRW24? Let us know how you are celebrating the week. E-mail Lauren Martella and keep NCRA informed of your NCRW activities and events. If you submit your activities and events in a Word doc or PDF, we'll post them here! 

Check out descriptions/celebrations members submitted in 2023  
NAACCR President Winny Roshala, BA, ODS shares a special NCRW23 message and thank you to CTRs.
The American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs acknowledges NCRW23 and recognizes the CTRs on their team that support their programs.
NCRW Celebrations for Eisenhower Health Lucy Curci Cancer Center, submitted by Kim A. Rodriguez, BSPH, CPH, RHIT, ODS.
NCRW Celebrations for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, submitted by Colleen Vann, ODS


2024 NCRW Proclamations

Members across the country will write to their state governor, city council, or local government officials to have April 8-12, 2024 declared National Cancer Registrars Week!  Check out the list below for examples of proclamations from 2023.

West Virginia 2023, submitted by Pamela Roberts, RHIA, CHTS-IM, ODS.  

Texas 2023 submitted by Kimberly Kinney-Lara, ODS.

Indiana 2023 submitted by LeAnn Capps BA, ODS.

Florida 2023 submitted by Pedro Diaz Pow Sang, MD, ODS.

Pennsylvania 2023 submitted by Katherine R. Geverd, BA, ODS.

Maryland 2023 submitted by Delores Rich, MLA.

Connecticut 2023 submitted by Cathryn E. Phillips, BA, ODS

Georgia 2023 submitted by Colleen Vann, ODS.

Nevada 2023 submitted by Anthony J. Pineda, ODS.

What is National Cancer Registrar Week (NCRW)?
NCRW was established as an annual celebration to promote the work of cancer registry professionals. Founded by National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA), NCRW is officially celebrated the first full week in April. 

Recognition of NCRW
Cancer registrars mark National Cancer Registrars Week to promote how the cancer data they collect provide essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research, and improve cancer prevention and screening programs. Supervisors of cancer registry professionals take this opportunity to organize staff recognition events and properly acknowledge their staff's important role.

Past NCRW Themes

2022: Cancer Registrars Enhance Cancer Care One Data Point at a Time

2021: Cancer Registrars: The Driving Force of Cancer Data 

2020: Cancer Registrars: 2020 Vision for the future

2019: Cancer Registrars: Capturing the Picture of Cancer

2018: Cancer Registrars: Hidden Jewels of Cancer Care

2017: Cancer Registrars: Putting the Pieces Together

2016: Cancer Registrars: The Heart of Improving Cancer Care

2015: Cancer Registrars: The Lighthouse in a Storm of Change

2014: Cancer Registrars: Steadfast in an Evolving Environment

2013: Cancer Registrars: Cornerstones of Care

2012: Cancer Registrars: Partners in Progress

2011: Cancer Registrars Pave the Way to a Cure

2010: Cancer Registrars are Recording Artists

2009: Cancer Registrars...Rock Solid

2008: Cancer Registrars: More than Just Statistics

2007 Cancer Registrars: The Core of Your Cancer Program

2006: Cancer Registrars...Advocates in Action

2005: Working Today for a Healthier Tomorrow

2004: Cancer Registrars Seize the Day as experts of cancer data management for a cure!

2003: Cancer Registrars Working Together Toward a World Free of Cancer

2002: Cancer Registrars Bridge the Information Gap

2001: A Hundred Years from now...I was a Cancer Registrar!

2000: Power through Research - Cancer Registrars Celebrating the New Millennium

1999: 25th Anniversary of NCRA – Commitment Dedication and Education toward Cancer Prevention and Control

1998: Cancer Registrars Focus on the Goal: Cancer Control and Prevention

1997: Cancer Registrars Hold the Key