Vision: A cancer-free Texas.
Mission: To collect, maintain, and disseminate high quality cancer data that contribute towards cancer prevention and control, research, improving diagnoses, treatment, survival, and quality of life for all cancer patients.
Philosophy: The TCR strives to:
- Maintain a high quality nationally certified statewide population-based cancer registry with complete, timely, and accurate data.
- Meet the data needs of Texans, including public health officials, healthcare practitioners, cancer researchers, health planners, advocacy groups, the public, and other local, state, and national entities.
- Make a significant contribution to the fight against cancer.
Background: The Texas Cancer Registry (TCR) is a combination active and passive surveillance system responsible for the collection, maintenance, and dissemination of high quality population-based cancer data. The TCR consists of a central office and six regional offices. Over 248,000 reports of cancer were received in 2009 from over 500 hospitals, cancer treatment centers, ambulatory surgery centers, and pathology laboratories located throughout the state. Of these reports, over 20,000 were for out-of-state residents, largely due to the internationally recognized cancer care available in this State. These reports are distributed throughout the U.S. to other state cancer registries, and make a significant contribution to the overall national cancer surveillance system.
The Texas Cancer Registry collects information, such as the types of cancers that occur and their locations within the body, the extent of cancer at the time of diagnosis (disease stage), the kinds of first course treatment that patients receive, length of survival, and patient characteristics. These data are reported from various sources, including hospitals, cancer treatment centers, ambulatory surgery centers, pathology laboratories, and physician's offices, as well as supplemented through various data sharing efforts with other government data collection systems, such as vital statistics.
The TCR first met national Centers for Disease Control "high quality" data standards in 2004, and North American Association of Central Cancer Registry Gold certification in 2006. Although these national data standards continue to be met, the long-term vision of the TCR is to collect and provide data that are equivalent in timeliness, completeness, and quality as those of the National Cancer Institute, Surveillance and Epidemiology End Results Program (SEER) registries.