At Centegra Health System, we take pride in working with the State of Illinois and the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) to compile and report information about each new patient treated at Centegra Health System. We track reportable cancers as well as other conditions such as benign central nervous system tumors and certain blood disorders. This information is entered into the Centegra Cancer Registry.
- Centegra’s Oncology program is approved by the Commission on Cancer and has received the 2007 Outstanding Achievement Award.The Centegra Cancer Registry promotes quality care for patients by collecting data about the diagnosis and treatment of reportable diseases. Information about individual medical cases is combined with that of all other patients in the state who have similar diagnoses.
- The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer also uses this data to ensure that accredited cancer programs continue to follow national guidelines and standards to improve the quality of care for cancer patients.
How is the information collected?
The Centegra Cancer Registry collects information from the medical records of patients who have a reportable diagnosis. Lifetime follow-up information is then gathered annually from the following sources:
- A Centegra facility, if the patient is admitted again or is seen in an outpatient department during the year
- The patient’s physician for patients not seen at a Centegra facility
Centegra will contact the patient, or designated family member, by letter or phone, if the patient has not been seen in the past year by a Centegra or affiliated physician.
What information is maintained in the cancer registry?
Cancer registries maintain a wide range of demographic and medical information, such as:
- Demographics: age, gender, race/ethnicity, birthplace and residence
- Medical history: physical findings, screening information, occupation and any history of a previous cancer
- Diagnostic findings: types, dates and results of tests and procedures used to diagnose cancer
- Cancer information: primary site, cell type and extent of disease
- Cancer therapy: surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and immunotherapy
- Follow up: annual information about treatment, recurrence and patient status
Who uses this information?
- Centegra medical staff and cancer registrars
- Illinois State Cancer Registry (Illinois Health and Hazardous Substances Registry Act, 410 ILCS 52X)
- National Cancer Data Base
How is this information used?
Public health and medical providers utilize this data in a wide variety of ways to:
- Track patient outcome and quality of life to implement procedures for improvement
- Provide follow up for cancer surveillance
- Calculate survival rates
- Obtain information for cancer program activities and services
- Analyze referral patterns
- Allocate resources at the provider facility, community, region or state level
- Develop educational programs for healthcare providers, patients and the general public
- Report cancer incidence as required under state law
- Evaluate efficacy of treatment modalities
How can you help?
- Schedule appointments as your physician recommends
- Respond to letters from the Centegra Cancer Registry
- Inform the Centegra Cancer Registry of any changes in your address, physician or name by calling:
- Centegra Hospital – Woodstock (815) 338.2500, ext. 3030
- Centegra Hospital – McHenry (815) 759.4473
Is this information confidential? Can I opt out?
Your medical history and follow-up information are kept in complete confidence in accordance with Centegra Health System policy, Illinois State Cancer Registry policy, Illinois State Law and the national Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Due to the Illinois State Law, Centegra is required to report this information for all patients entered into our Registry.