The Cancer Registry is a Greenville Health System (GHS) Cancer Institute database that collects cancer data and reports on oncology cases seen throughout the hospital system. Information on over 40,000 cancer cases is in the database. The registry staff is committed to analyzing data to assess the cancer needs of the community and to provide outreach activities geared to those needs.
Data from the Cancer Registry is being compared annually to the National Cancer Database to identify opportunities for improvement and to ultimately improve cancer care throughout the Upstate region. Reports and data from the Cancer Registry are routinely provided to Quality Improvement committees and to physicians conducting special studies or research projects.
GHS is compliant with guidelines required by The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the Commission of Cancer (CoC) and the American Cancer Society (ACS). GHS diagnoses and/or treats 2,000 cancer patients each year. NCDB is a nationwide oncology outcomes database for more than 1,400 Commission-approved cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico. Some 75% of all newly diagnosed cases of cancer in the U.S. are captured at the institutional level and reported to the NCDB. Started in 1989, the NCDB now contains approximately 20 million records from hospital cancer registries across the US. These data are used to explore trends in cancer care, create regional and state benchmarks for participating hospitals and to serve as the basis for quality improvements.