Cancer Registry

The Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Registry commenced in 1986, as part of the South Australian network of hospital-based registries. 

Cancer RegistrySince that time, it has proven its value as the major quality assurance tool for the RAH Cancer Centre, for both assessment of the hospital’s treatment practices and as a record of accountability to the community we serve.

The Registry is linked to the resources of the South Australian Cancer Registry (population-based), for access to general demographic data and the incidence reporting of Cancer, along with death data from the Births, Deaths and Marriages database.  The Hospital-based Registry is a separate function, which records more detailed case information on patients attending the Royal Adelaide Hospital, demonstrating the true burden to the hospital and its individual clinics.

The information is recorded using international coding and staging guidelines.  It includes staging and differentiation at diagnosis, along with other relevant prognostic indicators, tumour marker levels, clinical information and treatment data, which is not available from the SA Population-based Registry or any other source.  This provides the clinicians at the Royal Adelaide Hospital with meaningful data, which they can directly relate to patient outcomes.  It also provides feedback on treatment regimens and patterns of care provided to their patients, so they can properly assess their achievements using cancer outcomes and survival rates for comparison against state, national and international data.

The data is regularly called upon to estimate anticipated numbers of specific cancer types, based on recorded cases, for use in Clinical Trials.  This activity directly benefits patient care, by enabling patient access to the newest of treatments, only available through Clinical Trials.

Registry data also provides detailed information on specific cohorts of patients for special studies, eg. for analyses of specific tumour types or treatment trends.  It is regularly utilised by Clinicians representing the Royal Adelaide Hospital and included in presentations at relevant meetings and conferences.

The Cancer Registry Officers are both active members of the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) in the USA and the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA).  Both have strong backgrounds within the Health Industry and in Nursing, and have also received training in the USA via courses conducted by Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) and the NCRA.

Contacts

Mrs Dianne Buranyi-Trevarton

Phone:
Email:
+ 61 8 8222 5344

Mr Philip Davies

Phone:
Email:
+ 61 8 8222 5344