Acute care hospitals in Texas are the source from which most cancer cases are reported to the Texas Cancer Registry (TCR). However, as more patients are diagnosed and treated outside of the hospital setting, additional reporting sources such as cancer treatment centers, ambulatory surgical centers, pathology laboratories, and physicians are becoming increasingly essential for assuring complete, high quality statewide cancer incidence data.
Through the dedicated efforts of these cancer reporters, the TCR is able to collect cancer incidence data that meet national data quality standards and contribute towards cancer prevention and control, including improving diagnoses, treatment, survival, and quality of life for all cancer patients.
Cancer reporting on each patient diagnosed and/or treated for cancer in Texas is required by state law and rules. Health care facilities (e.g., hospitals, cancer treatment centers, ambulatory surgical centers), pathology laboratories, and physicians (under certain circumstances) are required to report; however, reporting requirements for each vary. Please see our Confidentiality and Immunity from Liability page for additional information on the application of state law and rules regarding cancer reporting.