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BMC Cancer Registry

A cancer registry is an information system designed for the collection, management, and analysis of data on patients with the diagnosis of a malignancy or other reportable disease. The Berkshire Medical Center Cancer Registry includes all patients initially diagnosed and/or treated at BMC, or admitted for a recurrence or subsequent treatment.

Information collected through the registry includes demographics (age, gender, race/ethnicity, and residence), medical history (physical findings and any history of previous cancer), and diagnostic findings (types, dates and results of procedures used to diagnose cancer).  Other details include the primary site of the cancer and extent of disease and treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone and others. Finally, information concerning subsequent treatment, recurrence and patient status is updated annually to maintain accurate surveillance information.

Data Reporting
Data are reported in an encrypted file to the Massachusetts Cancer Registry as required by Massachusetts State Law.  We also report to the National Cancer Data Base, required by the Commission on Cancer’s approved cancer programs standards.

Lifetime Follow-up
Cancer, like many diseases, requires lifetime follow-up. The Cancer Registry will obtain information about you every year, for life.  The Registry will collect information on disease free periods, recurrences, subsequent treatment, and quality of life. This information is analyzed for patterns of care, associated outcomes, and is used in administrative planning for ongoing cancer program and supportive services.

The Cancer Registry prepares periodic reports using aggregate data from the database to monitor a wide variety of parameters. Analyses can help to evaluate patient outcomes, quality of life, and survival rates. It can also provide information for cancer program activities and outreach programs. It is only by constant evaluation that we can make certain we are providing the best possible care for all our patients.

Confidentiality Statement
Cancer registry information including follow-up information is kept in complete confidence in accordance with Berkshire Medical Center’s Confidentiality Policy as required by federal HIPAA regulations.

How Can You Help?
Schedule examinations with your physician as often as he recommends.  Inform the Cancer Registry of changes in your name, address or physician by calling the Berkshire Medical Center Cancer Registry at 413-447-2791.  Please respond to any inquiries you may receive from us.

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