AJCC Curriculum for Registrars

The introduction will provide an overview of staging.  This will be the background materials to explain why staging is performed and how it is used.  It will provide a broad discussion of the elements of staging including the classification, the T, N, and M categories, and the stage groups.  There will be a brief discussion of the differences in terminology between a manual for physicians and patient care, and the manuals written for cancer registrars and the surveillance community.


Target Audience

This course is targeted towards CTR's.

Learning Objectives

  • Overview of staging
  • High level of explantion of why and how
  • For staff that does not assign stage (many central registry staff, statisticians, reserchers)
    • Basic principles of stage
    • Understand how terminology is used
    • Only lesson they will need
  • For staff assigning stage
    • Foundation of why AJCC staging is different from CS and summary of stage
    • How it is used
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Donna M. Gress, RHIT, CTR is the Technical Specialist for the American Joint Committee on Cancer in Chicago, Illinois.  Technical Editor of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual 8th Edition and lead author of the manual’s Chapter 1 “Principles of Cancer Staging.”

An active member of Health Information Management and Cancer Registry professions, and held many offices and chairs. A Past President of the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA), received the NCRA Distinguished Member Award, and NCRA Educational Achievement Awards.  Co-authored the AHIMA/NCRA Cancer Registry Management classes and an editor of Cancer Registry Management Principles and Practice Third Edition textbook.  Her work experience includes that of an RHIT in the Health Information Management field and over thirty-eight years in the Cancer Registry field, with twenty-seven of those years in hospital Cancer Registries.


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