The cancer registry is a component of the cancer program and is designed to collect information and conduct follow-up for reportable cancer and benign central nervous center tumors diagnosed and/or initially treated in the county. The cancer registry is a vital tool for programmatic and administrative planning and research and for monitoring patient outcomes. Data are collected according to the current Commission on Cancer (COC) data standards and coding instructions.
The registry is collecting all cases diagnosed or treated within Whatcom County. The COC does not require cases diagnosed outside the hospital to be included, but the Cancer Committee has requested they be collected.
Registry data is also being used to help promote cancer screenings and awareness programs. Our registry shares data with the Washington State Registry and the National Cancer Database and continues to work closely with the Cancer Surveillance System (CSS) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.