The Louisiana Tumor Registry (LTR), a program of the LSUHSC School of Public Health, received two first-place awards for its high quality of cancer incidence data submitted in 2014 and 2015 from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (NCI-SEER) program at the SEER Managers and PIs in-person meeting in April in Lexington, KY.
Dr. Xiao-Cheng Wu, the LTR director and professor of epidemiology credits the diligent work of staff in the LTR’s central, regional offices, and hospital registries for this achievement as well as the unfailing supports from LSUHSC, healthcare facilities, and providers in Louisiana.
The LTR is a statewide population-based registry, created by law to collect, analyze, and disseminate information on cancer for cancer control and prevention as well as conduct cancer research. The LTR compiles information to help guide policies for cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and survivorship. LTR data helps reduce the state’s cancer burden and disparities and improve the survival and quality of life for all cancer patients.
Users of LTR data include cancer prevention programs, physicians and other medical practitioners, planning offices for healthcare facilities, the public health community, and researchers. These groups rely on timely, complete, and high-quality data from the registry.
The LTR participates in both the NCI-SEER Program and the National Program of Central Cancer Registries (NPCR) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The LTR is one of only 10 Specialized Registries that are funded by the NPCR to collect enhanced data to support Comparative Effectiveness Research.