Cancer Registry Functions

Learn more about the functions of the cancer registry.


Casefinding is a systematic process for locating every patient-inpatient or outpatient diagnosed and/or treated with a reportable diagnosis.   The casefinding process must be extensive enough to “capture” all of the reportable cancer cases.


The purpose of abstracting is to organize, summarize and categorize the crucial information about patient demographics, diagnosis, extent of disease, treatment and outcomes from a patient’s medical records for each reportable case.


Patient follow-up is performed by hospital-based and many population-based registries. The follow-up process can promote optimal patient care and provide a valuable record of patient outcomes. If a case meets the general criteria and the diagnosis is on the list of reportable conditions, they will be included in the UPMC Network Cancer Registry database.