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Reporting Cancer

Notifiable Disease Law:

Legal authority of the Georgia Department of Public Health (Department) to collect health information established the GCCR. The Official Code of Georgia Chapter 12 (O.C.G.A § 31-12-1) empowers the Department to "... conduct studies, research and training appropriate to the prevention of diseases..."; Official code (O.C.G.A § 31-12-2) allows the Department to require certain diseases and injuries to be reported in a manner and at such times as may be prescribed.

The Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A § 31-12-2a) addresses the confidentiality of information requested by the Department, and releases from civil liability providers reporting information. This code states, "...all such reports shall be deemed confidential and shall not be open to inspection by the public."

Who is Required to Report:

All health care providers in the state of Georgia are required to report specific information on cancer in their patient population to the Georgia Comprehensive Cancer Registry. This includes all facilities providing diagnostic evaluations and/or treatment for cancer patients, including but not limited to:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient surgical facilities
  • Laboratories
  • Radiation therapy facilities
  • Medical oncology facilities
  • Physicians and Physician's Offices

In addition, reporting agreements are maintained with neighboring states so that Georgia residents who are diagnosed or treated in facilities out of state can be identified.

How to Report:

Electronic Reporting

To register for Electronic Reporting, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Health via email to meaningfuluse@dhr.state.ga.us.  You may register at the DPH Meaningful Use website: http://dph.georgia.gov/meaningful-use

GCCR Policy and Procedure Manual PDF   
This manual outlines, in detail, how to report cancer data to GCCR.  It includes reporting guidelines, confidentiality issues, the required data set, and instructions for abstracting and coding.  It also includes information on the reporting law, Georgia county codes, cancer abstracting resources, and a special section for Abstract Plus users.
 
2007 Multiple Primary and Histology Rules    
This manual presents the first site-specific multiple primary and histology rules developed to promote consistent and standardized coding by cancer registrars.  It contains site-specific rules for lung, breast, colon, melanoma of the skin, head and neck, kidney, renal pelvis/ureter/bladder, and malignant brain.  It also contains a separate set of rules addressing the specific and general rules for all other sites.
 
AJCC Staging Videos on YouTube    
These videos cover topics related to the Collaborative Stage Data Collection and Coding System.  The presentations will provide useful training for Cancer Registrars.