Hospital honors cancer registrar

Schneck Medical Center is honoring cancer registrar Sherry Dowling during National Cancer Registrars Week, which begins Monday and ends Friday.

Dowling is being recognized for her role in the development of the cancer program at Schneck and the implementation of the cancer registry in 1986.

This year’s theme, “Cancer Registrars: Putting the Pieces Together,” reflects cancer registrars’ role in compiling the critical information needed to support effective cancer treatment and research, with the ultimate goal of preventing cancer and finding a cure.

Through Dowling’s efforts, the registry has grown from a paper-based system to today’s fully automated registry with a core electronic medical records database.

Dowling also is an active member and past president of the Indiana Cancer Registrars Association.

Cancer registrars are data information specialists who collect and code patient-level data for cancer registries. The registries provide information to researchers, health care providers and health officials to better monitor and improve cancer treatment, conduct research and target cancer prevention and screening programs.

Cancer registrars work in a variety of cancer treatment and research settings and manage demographic and medical data on cancer patients.