Oncology Data Management
The Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Tumor Registry, under the medical direction of the Cancer Committee, maintains a database on all cancer patients seen at FMH since January 1970.
More than 5,000 cases are included in this database with more than 2,300 undergoing active follow-up. This database is a vital tool for programmatic and administrative planning and research and for monitoring patient outcomes.
Cases are separated by two categories:
- Analytic cases are those patients who are diagnosed and/or receive treatment at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
- Non-analytic cases are patients who already have been diagnosed and all first course of treatment was completed elsewhere and are receiving subsequent treatment, patients diagnosed prior to our reference date of Jan. 1, 1987, or those diagnosed at autopsy.
The registry maintains a lifetime follow-up on management and progress of each analytic case. This data is used in tracking hospital treatment trends, and can be compared with state and national data. The Tumor Registry provides statistical data to physicians for individual studies, and conducts patient care evaluation studies as well. Our lost to follow-up rate is maintained at 5 percent or less.
The Registry is responsible for compliance with the requirements of the Joint Commission on Cancer, the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, National Cancer Database and Alaska Cancer Registry, as well as other state and federal agencies.
To request data for studies or information regarding the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Tumor Registry, please contact registry staff at (907) 458-5458.
Each year Fairbanks Memorial publishes an Annual Report on our Community Hospital Cancer Program. The report gives detailed information on cases and outcomes, new treatments and clinical trials, and the many support services available to Fairbanks Memorial patients.