Wow, I can’t believe it is time for another newsletter; Spring is just around the corner, and I don’t know about you but I can’t wait for sunshine and more daylight hours! Just on the horizon is National Cancer Registrars Week, April 8-12, 2013. The proclamation has been sent to the governor’s office to declare that time period as Cancer Registrar’s week. Cancer Registrars are healthcare professionals that participate in the “war on cancer” by being advocates for this nation’s cancer patient population displayed through your expertise and diligence in cancer data collection. Cancer Registrars ensure the timely, accurate, and complete collection of quality cancer data. This data is fundamental to the nation’s cancer prevention and treatment efforts. Thank you for your excellence and the vital role you play in cancer epidemiology. Now is the time to brag about yourself and your profession!
The OCRA Executive committee met last month and a couple of proposed by-law changes were discussed and will be presented to the membership prior to the fall workshop for your review. And, speaking of the fall workshop, I hope you have all marked your calendars and plan on attending. The workshop is scheduled for September 18, 19, 20, 2013 at the Keizer Renaissance Inn in Salem, OR. An OCRA Ad-Hoc committee is working on the feasibility of holding a regional (interstate) workshop. Martha Curl has graciously accepted the appointment of committee lead. Thank you committee members for volunteering for this committee!
I urge you all to stay involved in our organization. OCRA is a valuable group of your peers and has a wealth of experience amongst its members. And don’t forget to take the opportunity to proclaim the importance of being a cancer registrar during National Cancer Registrars Week.
Hope you have a wonderful Spring!!
Deborah Towell, CTR
OCRA President 2013