A Better Way to Follow: Collaboration Between Hospitals and State

Content for this series will focus on the new National Cancer Database (NCDB) reporting platform and data collection processes in addition to improvements to data elements and codes in the Standards for Oncology Reporting Entry (STORE) Manual, along with changes to the AJCC cancer staging system.

Target Audience

The Better Data; Better Quality; Better Outcomes webinar series is for all members of the multidisciplinary care team at health care facilities that treat patients with cancer, including but not limited to: 

  • Cancer committee members
  • Navigators
  • Nurses
  • Physicians (Cancer Liaison Physicians)
  • Program leadership (cancer program administrators, breast program directors, breast program leaders)
  • Registrars

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how collaboration between hospitals and state registries can decrease the burden of collecting follow-up data
  • Understand the different methods Texas Cancer Registry uses to collect and share follow-up information with Commission on Cancer facilities
  • Describe the impact of collaborating with state registries on hospitals' CTR activities


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 CE Contact hours
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest (see below for definitions).

Commercial Interest

The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships

Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation.

Faculty Disclosures

Moderator: Leticia Nogueira, PhD, MPH   Nothing to disclose

Dr. Nogueira is the senior principal scientist at the Surveillance and Health Services Research Department at the American Cancer Society. She previously served as director of the Environmental and Injury Epidemiology and Toxicology Unit (EIET), and the Epidemiology Manager at the Texas Cancer Registry, both at the Texas Department of State Health Services. At EIET, Dr. Nogueira directed five distinct state programs, including the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, the Injury Program, the Health Assessment Program, the Occupational Health Program, and the Fluoridation Program. 

Dr. Nogueira holds a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She received the Woman in Cancer Research Award in 2013, and the Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award in 2010, both from the American Association for Cancer Research. She also received the Fellows Award for Research Excellence from the National Institutes of Health in 2014, and in 2018, Dr. Nogueira was inducted into the University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Hall of Honors.

Paige Miller-Gianturco, PhD, MPH  Nothing to disclose
Dr. Miller-Gianturco is the senior research specialist for the Texas Cancer Registry (TCR). Before this role, she served as the Epidemiology Manager for the TCR. Dr. Miller-Gianturco earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in Nutritional Sciences from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Public Health in Quantitative Methods from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed postdoctoral training in the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Miller-Gianturco has worked at the TCR for nearly four years. She leads and conducts many of the data linkages with sources of follow-up information for the TCR and helped improve and streamline TCR’s process for sharing follow-up information with health care facilities. 

Giordana de las Pozas, MD, CTR  Nothing to disclose

Dr. De Las Pozas graduated from the University of Medical Science in Havana, Cuba. She came to United States in 2009, after years of practicing medicine in her home country doing mostly primary care and epidemiology in a rural community. Dr. De Las Pozas obtained the CTR in 2016, as well as a Public Health Certificate at the University of Texas. She is currently working as an informatics manager at MD Anderson Cancer Center and finishing her master’s in biomedical informatics at George Washington University. Dr. De Las Pozas’ work is primarily focused on managing the follow-up operations at the Tumor Registry Department and maintaining the Institutional vital status surveillance system. They also integrate the vital status data with institutional information systems for collection, storage and analysis so the data is accessible to our research for survival studies. 

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded for this course. 
1 continuing education credit for #2020-112 will be provided from National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).
ACS Cancer Programs is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP17437, for 1 contact hour. 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 CE Contact hours
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
Please login or register to take this course.

You may enroll in the online course at no charge. You will be asked to register for the course and provide information to complete the registration process. You will not be charged a participation fee.