Conference Information

NCRA’s 45th Annual Educational Conference will showcase critical topics to help cancer registrars stay current with advancements and changes in the field. The special 45th anniversary program includes three keynote addresses, highlighting the evolution of cancer care, the registry’s impact on survivorship, and how innovations in data analytics will enhance the role of the registrar in the future. Wednesday’s symposia will provide an opportunity for attendees to focus on one of three topic areas: hospital,central, or management/professional development. The format will provide opportunities for more interactive learning. Facilitators will manage the symposium sessions and guide discussions. Attendees will choose their preferred symposium when they register. In addition to the three keynotes, there are 15 plenary sessions and at least five focused sessions in each symposium. Attendees can earn over 19 CEs, including Category A CEs.

2019 Conference Program

2019 Registration Brochure
Download the 2019 Conference Registration Brochure

Hotel Reservations
The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is where all events will occur and where sleeping rooms are reserved. The hotel is located at 1550 Court Place, Denver, CO 80202. It is situated on the 16th Street Mall, a mile-long pedestrian promenade filled with outdoor restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. 

NCRA has negotiated a single/double sleeping room rate of $227/night. Room reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis until sellout or April 19, 2019, whichever comes first. Make reservations online by going to: or call 888-627-8405. To receive the $227 rate, you must mention “NCRA” at the time of reservation.

Air Travel
The Denver International Airport (DEN) is the airport servicing Denver.

Ground Transportation
The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is a 45- to 60-minute cab ride from the airport. Uber and Lyft services are also available. Super Shuttle is offering a discount to NCRA attendees. To arrange transportation to/from the airport, go to and use the code XHJ6S. The A Line commuter train offers convenient public transportation between the Denver Airport and Union Station Denver. Once at Union Station, take a quick taxi, Uber, or Lyft to the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. To see all available ground transportation options, go to parking_transit.


Reference the 2019 Registration Brochure for additional details on the workshops. 

Pre-Conference Workshop
CTR Exam Prep Workshop: Hands-On Strategies for the Open-Book Section is May 19. It is a one-day, rigorous training experience for those preparing to take the CTR exam in the summer and fall exam periods. Faculty will focus exclusively on the open-book portion of the exam and provide a thorough review of resources and offer hands-on case studies to help candidates prepare for the exam.

Concurrent Workshop
Fundamentals of Abstracting Workshop is May 20-22. It is intended for new registrars and will focus on the concepts of quality abstracting and data reporting practices. The agenda includes hands-on experiences and interactive exercises using patient cases, resource materials, manuals, and databases to provide the participant opportunities to experience a variety of basic and complex abstracting exercises. The faculty will provide a theoretical basis for the tasks and activities associated with abstracting and a comprehensive and thorough review of the topics most important to abstractors.

Post-Conference Workshop
SEER Advanced Topics for Registry Professionals Workshop is May 23-24. The day-and-a-half day workshop will expand registrars’ knowledge of several important topics: the 2018 Solid Tumor Rules, ICD-O-3 updates, 2019 SEER EOD Reliability Study results, SEER Quality initiatives, and advanced pathology concepts. Participants will complete assigned cases in SEER*Educate before the workshop (details to be provided). In-depth coding and abstracting training will be based on participants’ coding of the assigned cases. No meals will be provided. Space is limited. Please indicate interest in attending the SEER workshop when registering for the NCRA conference. NCRA will confirm your acceptance by e-mail.

Need a Letter-of-Support to Attend NCRA 2019?
NCRA reaches out to administrators to support cancer registry staff attending its educational conference. This letter-of-support highlights the value and importance of attending the conference. We need your help in identifying who should receive this important letter on your behalf. Note: the letter is not limited to hospital facilities. Any NCRA member who feels they would benefit from such support (hospital, central, federal, service provider, vendor, etc.) is encouraged to provide contact information. NCRA will not share the contact information with other organizations, and NCRA will not mention your name in the communication. To provide the contact information of the person who should receive the letter-of-support, go to:

Annual State Association Basket Raffle
Beautiful baskets that are representative of their communities are created by the state associations and are raffled during the conference. If your state association is interested in participating, download the 2019 State Basket Sign-Up Sheet.

Volunteer Opportunities
NCRA needs volunteers to help with monitoring sessions, bag preparation, and business meeting assistance. Learn more and sign-up using the 2019 Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet.

Mobile App and Conference e-Proceedings
Directions on how to download the Mobile App and online Conference e-Proceedings will be sent to all registrants in early May.  

NCRA Business Meeting Luncheon Agenda

Monday, May 20th 2019

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM                                        

Sheraton Denver Hotel

1. Welcome and Call to Order
2. Adoption of the Credentials Report
3. Adoption of Annual Business Meeting Standing Rules
4. Adoption of the Agenda
5. Report from the Minutes Approval Committee 2018
6. Appointment of Minutes Approval Committee 2019
7. Announcement of Election Results
8. Treasurer’s Report
9. New Business
10. Adjourn