Newsletter Spring 2018

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Presidents Message

Spring is upon us, they tell us, as well as the 2018 registry changes which seem to be continually evolving.  We anticipate, we acknowledge, we prepare, and we conquer: the life of a Cancer Registrar.  I try to stay focused on the goal of improving cancer care for every individual.  That’s what we do, isn’t it?  We all have been affected some way or another by cancer.  I have had fourteen people in my family affected, with two of my loved ones passing this year, as did our Cancer Services Director in 2017.

So when someone asks me, “How do you handle working with cancer every day?”  I think to myself, aren’t we all dealing with a loved one or know a family dealing with cancer?  I want to make a difference and I believe we do as Registrars.  Just in the 20 years I have been in this field, as well as the 10 years prior in the field of Pathology, I have seen the improvements in cancer diagnoses, treatments and outcomes and it is truly remarkable as well as hopeful and exciting!  Let’s continue to evolve and make the changes necessary for the researchers using our data and for the administrators making health care decisions.

That being said, I ask us as Registrars to be there for one another and acknowledge and validate each other’s frustrations with all the changes we face which are sometimes not always heard or understood.  We all seem to be working with fewer FTEs, budget cuts, management changes, mentoring and training new CTRs, retirements, time management, being behind, etc.  Even with all of this, I challenge you to rally, be the organized, versatile and resilient Registrars you were trained to be, and lift each other up in this ever-changing field of Cancer Registry.  We can make a difference!

Every day holds the potential of a miracle.”

I also want to mention OCRA is officially a 501(c ) (3) exempt organization and classified as a public charity allowing donors to deduct contributions to us and also qualify us to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under this status.  This was accomplished from the due diligence of Vicki Shindler and your 2017 OCRA Executive team and I thank them for this achievement for our organization.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the great Fall Workshop being planned in Eugene this year.   Thank you Education Committee.

I would also love to hear from those of you attending NCRA in New Orleans.  Let me know if you are attending so we can get together for a picture and possibly lunch.

We have a great Executive team this year; please feel free to contact any of us at any time. Thank you Laura Wallace and to the contributors for this excellent newsletter.  Enjoy.

Jennifer Johnson, CTR

OCRA 2018 President

Winter 2017

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Note from our President, Carol Funk:

Greetings friends...

We had a wonderful workshop this year in Medford. ONCO and 4 Hawk Winery provided a nice evening social for anyone who wanted to go. It was very nice, and a beautiful place to go to unwind. I want to thank all of the people who volunteered and made the workshop a success. We brought in $1,232.00 from the raffle this year.


I have enjoyed working with my fellow Executive Committee members this year. I would encourage everyone to run for an office next year, or volunteer on a committee.


Providence, and the State Associations; Oregon, Washington, and California have been working on getting a Regional together for next year. It will be in Burbank California August 8-10, 2018. (The Regional can replace the NCRA conference. The closest it will come to Oregon is 2019 in Denver Colorado). Keep tuned for more updated information in upcoming Newsletters.


I also wanted to thank our incoming officers who will be our Executive Team in 2018.

2018 Officers & Nominating Committee:

Jennifer Johnson-President

Ron Lamie-President Elect

Carol  Funk- Past President

Veronica Redd-Secretary

Martha Curl-Treasurer


Nominating Committee:

Janice McDaniel

Norie Vogt

Kelly McGraw

Claudia Cooksie


They will do a wonderful job and we appreciate their willingness to serve.

Michelle Galusha from Roseburg will host the 2018 Fall Education Conference.  Thank you, Michelle, on behalf of your OCRA friends.

Best Regards and Happy Holidays,


Spring 2017

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Hi Everyone, It is hard to believe that I am President already! I started out in OCRA on the nominating Committee, then served for two consecutive years as Secretary. I am excited to see what new and exciting things 2017 has in store for OCRA. Read More

Winter 2016

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Hi Everyone,
It’s hard to believe that we are already into a new year. I don’t know about you but I am looking forward to spring when we start having more daylight and we are able to enjoy the outdoors more.

I will try and keep this message short.

Just to give a little background on myself for those who don’t know me. I started in the registry at Legacy Health Emanuel in 2004. I was working part-time in the Cancer Day Treatment Infusion Center at Legacy Good Sam when I was asked by the director at the time if I would like to help with the follow-up. I did this for a few months when I was offered to do it full time. Read More

Winter 2015

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Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope everyone will have a great holiday season. It is hard to believe 2016 will be here in just 3 weeks.

I have enjoyed serving as your President this past year.

The Executive Committee did an excellent job meeting the challenges this year. And I want to thank them for all their hard work. Their dedication and hard work made my job easier to do. Read More

Summer 2015

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It's May and the flowers are blooming and the sun has been shinning, so the year is off to a good start.

And like the weeds in the garden, my thoughts are just popping up on what has been happening since the last newsletter.

I thought April’s presentation was informative regarding TNM staging. I hope many of you were able to attend. Read More

Spring 2015

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It is hard to believe that I am the new President of this organization. I appreciate the Executive Committees that have come before, and I already have a greater respective for those that have previously served.

The promise of spring is in the air as I write this, and we have a promise of a good year for OCRA. I aspire to be an effective President and will rely on the members of OCRA to make this a good year for all of us. Read More