The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) Cancer Registry collects important cancer-related information, including cancer site, histology, and stage as well as patient demographics, treatment, cancer therapies, follow-up and survival data.
The Registry was established in 1958 and has reported our cancer cases to the New Hampshire State Cancer Registry (NHSCR) as required by law since 1986. The National Cancer Database, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and American Cancer Society all utilize this information for statistical purposes, including incidence and prevalence. Our data also contribute to cancer research, development of new treatments, and cancer prevention.
Using case-finding and case confirmation procedures, new cancer cases are identified and entered in a sophisticated, secure database. DHMC Cancer Registry staff then reviews the medical record to collect important information regarding the diagnosis, further cancer staging, and all phases of treatment. All patients are followed annually for updated reporting of recurrence, treatment and vital status.
An additional function of the DHMC Cancer Registry is to provide useful, accurate and timely information to DHMC investigators, administrators, and clinicians. We have several "standard" reports available within our registry software. Additionally, we are able to write reports addressing specific criteria and parameters.
Martha Goodrich, MS, Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)