The Tumor Registry staff at St. Mary’s of Michigan collect and analyzes data on all reportable cancers/benign brain and central nervous system tumors diagnosed and/or treated at our medical center. This includes following patients throughout their life which allows the medical staff to see the results of their diagnostic and therapeutic efforts.
The St. Mary’s of Michigan Tumor Registry began in 1981. Currently, there are more than 27,000 cases in its database. In 2011, a total of 1169 cases were added into the registry database. This information included patients from St. Mary’s of Michigan; Seton Cancer Institute of Saginaw, Bad Axe, Marlette and West Branch; and the Towne Centre Surgery Center. Of these, 1,009 were analytic cases (diagnosed and/or treated at St. Mary’s of Michigan for the first course of treatment). The remaining 160 were non-analytic (initially diagnosed and/or treated elsewhere and seen at St. Mary’s of Michigan for subsequent treatment, management of recurrence, etc.).
The Tumor Registry is also the hub for maintaining compliance with the American College of Surgeons cancer program standards. In May 2010, the St. Mary’s of Michigan Cancer Program was re-accredited with a Three Year Approval Award with Commendation at a Teaching Hospital Cancer Program category of approval level. St. Mary’s of Michigan was also the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, presented to only 17 percent of programs surveyed in 2010.