Principles of Oncology for
Cancer Registry Professionals
Class Dates for 2016 to be announced.
Information for Students Attending our Reno Classes
Principles of Oncology
is a concentrated five-day training program in cancer
registry operations and procedures emphasizing accurate data
collection methods. The training program includes extensive
site-specific, hands-on case coding, abstracting and staging
sessions using practice cases that are representative of the
many situations registrars may face.
program provides approximately 35 hours of classroom and
individualized instruction on basic registry concepts, such
as abstracting, staging (Collaborative Staging version 02.04,
Summary Staging 2000, and TNM seventh edition), ICD-O coding, the
2007 Multiple Primaries and Histology Coding Rules, the 2012
Lymphoid Neoplasm Case Reportability and Coding Rules Manual,
and using other resources available to registrars. Attendees
will have the benefit of lectures as well as a variety of
practical exercises. Extensive training materials prepared
especially for this program will be provided to students
This program is suitable
for oncology program employees (hospital-based and central
registry) with minimal knowledge of cancer, anatomy,
physiology, and medical terminology. Cancer registrars with
less than one year of experience would benefit most from
this program; however, registrars with up to three years
experience and registrars preparing for the certification
examination are welcome to attend.
Class size will be
limited to 20 registrants.
Fees and Registration
The registration fee is
$1095 for the five-day program held in Reno. The fee
includes classroom and individualized instruction; an
extensive training program manual; and two books of
site-specific abstracting guidelines with coding and staging
exercises with rationales. All materials have been
developed especially for this program and have been
extensively revised for 2015.
We recommend that you
bring a large suitcase or an extra bag to hold the materials
you will receive. Alternatively, we will assist in shipping
home notebooks and other materials at the end of the program
at your expense.
responsible for their own travel, hotel, meals, and
incidental expenses, except as noted above. Lunch is
provided Monday through Friday.
In order to register,
online registration form and pay with your credit/debit
card or your PayPal account through our secure, encrypted
connection. If your employer is paying for the course and
cannot pay with a credit/debit card, full payment must be
received within 21 days of registration or 30 days prior to
the start date (whichever comes first) to ensure your seat
in the class. Sorry, purchase orders are not accepted;
however, you can pay the registration fee online by credit
or debit card.
Checks should be payable
A.Fritz and Associates, LLC
21361 Crestview Road
Reno, NV 89521-6924
For further information
about the training program, accommodations or travel
Registration is on a
"first come, first served" basis and courses can fill up as
much as six weeks ahead of the start date of the program. We
strongly recommend that you register as early as possible.
Prior to the start of the
workshop, participants should be familiar with (at a
minimum) the contents of Book One (Objectives and Functions
of a Tumor Registry) and Book Three (Tumor Registrar
Vocabulary: the Composition of Medical Terms) of the
Self-Instructional Manual for Tumor Registrars.
These books, as well as a
CD-ROM of the entire Self-Instructional Manual series of
books, may be obtained free of charge from National Cancer
Institute Publications Ordering Service, P.O. Box 24128,
Baltimore, MD 21227; or online from
Self-Instructional manuals may be
downloaded individually (free of charge) from SEER.
and exercises) will be assigned Monday through Thursday
One of the objectives of
this program is learning how to use registry coding manuals
and other abstracting tools. To actively participate in the
exercises, you will need the following books:
Registry CASEbook, Volumes I and II.
A copy of these books will
be given to each student.
International Classification of Diseases for Oncology, third
Hardcover ICD-O-3 may be
ordered Amazon.com. (Alternatively you may request a
free soft cover edition of ICD-O-3 at the training program.)
*AJCC Cancer Staging
Manual, seventh edition, American Joint Committee on Cancer, 2009.
The AJCC manual may be ordered from any bookstore or medical
library (ISBN 0-387-95271-3), or directly from the
publisher. A limited number of copies are available as
loaners for the duration of the training program. Please
contact us to reserve a loaner copy.
Primaries and Histology Coding Rules (2007 with updates).
The complete document is available on the
SEER website. You can also download the rules in
various formats at our
free registry tools page.
Hematopoietic and Lymphoid Neoplasm Case Reportability and
Coding Manual and Hematopoietic Database, version 2.1.
The complete document is available on the
Guide 2000. A
limited number of
free copies of this manual will be available at the training
you have limited knowledge of medical terminology, we
suggest that you bring the medical dictionary of your
references may be borrowed for the duration of the training
program; however students are encouraged to bring their own
copy if they have one so notes may be made in margins for
Attention laptop users:
The CS coding instructions, Multiple Primaries and Histology
Coding Rules, 2012 Hematopoietic and Lymphoid Neoplasm Case
Reportability and Coding Manual and Hematopoietic Database,
and Summary Staging Guide 2000 are available in electronic
format. You are encouraged to download these documents to a
laptop and bring the laptop for use in the class.
If you are bringing a laptop, please check the applicable
block on the registration form.
Other materials will
be provided during the training program.
April Fritz, BA, RHIT, CTR
- April developed the first version of the
Principles of Oncology
in 1992 and is lead instructor for
Louanne Currence, RHIT, CTR
Louanne joins A.Fritz and Associates as a
co-instructor for the Principles of Oncology program,
having more than a decade of experience teaching basic
courses in health information management programs
Faculty may be added or substituted without
This program was designed, and is taught, by
Certified Tumor Registrars. Course emphasis is on site-specific, basic
information that is necessary to do an accurate, thorough
job of abstracting and coding medical records or
quality-reviewing abstracts at the central registry level.
The objective of the course is to train new registrars to
use their reference materials and resources correctly,
rather than to memorize information.
This training program has been endorsed by the
National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) and the North
American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR)
and is recommended by the SEER Program of the National
Cancer Institute. It is suitable for hospital-based and
central registry-based personnel. A letter describing the
course will be provided to allied health personnel who
attend the training program for continuing education credit.
Registration fees less a $50.00
administrative fee will be fully refunded if notice of
cancellation is received in writing more than 30 days prior to the start of the training program. After that
time, fees are non-refundable, but in some circumstances may
be applied to attendance at another Principles of Oncology
The program sponsors reserve the right to
cancel training programs due to insufficient enrollment, but
the program has never been cancelled in the past eighteen
years. To the contrary, the training program frequently
fills up several months prior to the start of the
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