Education and Training - Texas Cancer Registry

The Texas Cancer Registry (TCR) Training Team offers a variety of training services and educational resources to Texas Cancer Reporters throughout the year. We sponsor in-person and online training sessions, including NAACCR and NCRA webinars, CTR exam prep courses, basic and specialized training, advanced workshops, and software training. The TCR also publishes the Cancer Reporting Handbook, which is updated annually to provide guidance to registrars reporting cancer cases in Texas. 

Training Events and Webinars

The TCR training team holds various Training Events throughout the year, including Basic Training  conducted by TCR staff and annual Statewide Training presented by guest speakers. To request basic or specialized training by TCR staff, please complete our Training Request Form

The 2022 SEER Advanced Topics for Registry Professionals Workshop was held virtually on September 20-22, 2022 from 11:00 to 4:00pm Central time. The workshop expanded registrars’ knowledge of several important topics: in-depth lung cancer, NET, and brain cases; data quality assessment; synoptic operative reports; and more. There were presentations from subject matter experts including surgeons, pathologists, and oncologists. 

This workshop was free and open to all cancer registrars, but registration was required. Registration for the workshop began on July 5, 2022 and closed on September 16, 2022. The registration link and agenda was available through the NCRA website.

TCR sponsored the 2022 Statewide Training Series presented by Denise Harrison, LLC on April 19-May 24, 2022.  Recordings and presentation handouts can be accessed in FLccSC. Three Category A CEs are applicable for each webinar-a total of 18 CEs for the completed webinar series. The CEs are good until August 31, 2022. 

The TCR sponsors live broadcast webinars from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) and the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).

Prep for the CTR Exam

The TCR also sponsors the NAACCR CTR Exam Preparation and Review Webinar Series at a discounted price for Texas cancer reporters who plan to sit for the CTR certification exam. Prospective examinees may take the test during one of the three 3-week long annual testing periods.

May 2023 Exam 

The next NAACR CTR Exam Prep and Review Webinar series will occur February 7, 2023 through March 28, 2023. The course allows you to participate and study at your own pace from the location of your choice over eight 2-hour sessions. The sessions happen once a week for eight weeks and will be available online after the initial broadcast.

To sign up, please fill out and submit the TCR Registration Form. After submitting, you will receive instructions from NAACCR on how to complete your registration. The deadline to complete the NAACCR registration process is January 3, 2023. Please note, for eligibility for the discounted price, you must initially register through TCR and be a cancer reporter for a facility in the state of Texas.

If you have questions about registering for CTR exam prep, contact the TCR Training Team at TCR.Training@dshs.texas.gov

For questions about the webinar series, please contact Angela Martin, NAACCR trainer, at amartin@naaccr.org

    Education and Reporter Resources

    The Fundamental Learning Collaborative for the Cancer Surveillance Community (FLccSC) is a web-based education platform for all cancer reporters, regardless of your level of expertise. Developed by the Florida Cancer Data System and the South Carolina Central Cancer Registry, it provides online training and continuing education. 

    The TCR offers a variety of materials and resources to help cancer reporters understand guidelines for reporting cancer cases to the TCR and follow best coding practices.

    If you have any questions or comments, please contact the TCR Training Team at TCR.Training@dshs.texas.gov.