The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) has recognized the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health Louisiana Tumor Registry (LTR) as a Registry of Excellence. The official designation, awarded on May 31, recognizes achievement among 48 cancer registries supported by the CDC – NPCR. The LTR’s achievements have deemed it one of the top 19 registries of excellence in data submission, indicating the high-quality data available for cancer prevention and control activities at the local, regional, and national level, according to Dr. Vicki Benard, Chief in the Cancer Surveillance Branch of the CDC. In meeting the CDC – NPCR’s rigorous standards, it will allow the State’s data to be included in this year’s United States Cancer Statistics (USCS) report and other analytic data sets. The LTR’s data used to further plan and evaluate cancer control programs, conduct research, and monitor cancer trends at the regional and state level. The CDC – NPCR commended all involved in the collection, analysis, and reporting of cancer incidence and mortality data from the LTR. The Louisiana Tumor Registry is under the direction of Dr. Xiao-Cheng Wu, who also serves as Professor in LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health Epidemiology Program. Congratulations to Dr. Wu and all the LTR staff on receiving this well-deserved recognition and their commitment to high-quality cancer surveillance.
[Photo: (Left to Right) Dr. Xiao-Cheng Wu, Ms. Angela Crossgrow]
Cancer registration in Louisiana began in 1947 at the Charity Hospital Tumor Registry in New Orleans. In 1974, as part of its Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program, the National Cancer Institute provided funds for a population-based cancer incidence and survival registry covering Jefferson, Orleans, and St. Bernard parishes. The LTR became one of the original participants in the National Program of Cancer Registries, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1974. In 1983, it expanded its area to include all 35 parishes of South Louisiana (Regions I-V). Achieving statewide coverage in 1988 with the addition of the 29 parishes in North Louisiana (Regions VI-VIII). In 1995, the LTR transferred from the LA Office of Public Health to the LSU Board of Supervisors placing it in the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health. Visit us to learn more about the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health or the Louisiana Tumor Registry.