Cancer Registrar II

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Job Description:

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world-renowned clinicians, innovative researchers, and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS, and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow’s physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

Under the direct supervision of the DF/BWH Associate Director, this position is primarily responsible for identifying, registering, and abstracting patients with cancer. This includes reviewing and analyzing hospital records and other medical reports for relevant cancer data; determining and classifying demographics, primary site, histology, stage, and treatment on all cancer sites, and performing annual patient follow-up as needed. Data collection will meet the standards of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, the Massachusetts State Cancer Registry, the New Hampshire State Cancer Registry, the DF/BWCC Cancer Registry, Disease Centers, clinicians, researchers, and administrators.


Required Qualifications:

  • Intermediate to advanced abstractor – abstracts complex cases
  • Abstracts all cancer sites
  • Complicated follow-up/recurrences/subsequent treatment
  • Case finding as necessary (May collect additional data elements for disease center database)
  • CoC Cancer Registry related standards as necessary
  • Ad hoc projects as necessary



  • High school diploma required
  • Bachelor’s degree optional
  • Minimum of two years abstracting experience
  • Knowledge of medical terminology; anatomy/physiology preferred; data entry/computer
    experience required
  • Certified Tumor Registrar
  • College courses in anatomy/physiology or equivalent preferred
  • Ability to abstract complex cancer sites
  • Ability to analyze multiple medical documents (including hospital records and
    computerized reports) to classify and code cancer data. Must be able to apply skilled
    judgment to know when information is missing and how to look for information in another
    source and how to resolve conflicting information. Must have good attention to detail
  • Ability to work with various computer systems including Windows applications and
    networked systems for data collection and report production
  • Prefer experience with Elekta/IMPAC Metriq software
  • Knowledge of International Classification of Diseases for Oncology (ICD-O); American
    Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Staging; Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results
    (SEER); and the STandards for Oncology Registry Entry (STORE) of the CoC is also
  •  Ability to work well with physicians, clinicians, researchers, administrative staff, and other
    cancer registrars to collect and report cancer data in the most efficient manner
  • Ability to tactfully work with others to maintain quality data (i.e. correct errors)
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently


Full-time, 40 hours, Mon-Fri 9:00am to 5:00pm. This position is located at 27 Drydock, South Boston with remoting options.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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