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Montana Central Tumor Registry

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The Montana Central Tumor Registry (MCTR) is a population based cancer registry that collects incidence and survival data on all cancer patients who are diagnosed or treated in the state of Montana. Population based cancer registries, like the MCTR, enable public health and medical professionals to understand and address the cancer burden more effectively.

The MCTR has collected data continuously since 1979. The Registry meets data standards for completeness, timeliness, and quality by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Program of Cancer Registries and is Gold Certified by the North American Association for Central Cancer Registries. High quality data would not be possible without the efforts of the personnel at all reporting facilities that diagnose or treat patients with reportable cancers in Montana. The MCTR has many reporting facilities including all hospitals, radiation treatment centers, physicians, pathology laboratories, and the Montana Office of Vital Statistics.

In order to improve surveillance of cancer incidence, treatment, and outcomes for Montana, as well as support Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU2), the MCTR will be implementing electronic cancer reporting from physician practices throughout the state. Cancer reporting on each patient diagnosed or treated for cancer in Montana is required by state law and administrative rule.

In the Spotlight!

MCTR Newsletter (Sept 2015)
Cancer in Montana - Annual Report 2008-2012
Investigating Cancer Clusters in Montana (July 2014)
Preliminary Cancer In Montana 2009-2013
MCTR Abbreviation List
NAACCR Abbreviation List

Cancer Data & Statistics

Tumor Registry Law and Rules

ARM Tumor Registry Rules
MCA Tumor Registry Law

MCTR Reporting Manuals

Data Sharing Policies and Procedures

MCTR Newsletters

For more information, contact:
Debbi Lemons, RHIA, CTR
Montana Central Tumor Registry
PO Box 202952
Helena, MT 59620-2952
Phone: (406) 444-6786
Fax: (406) 444-6557