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Hospital-based cancer registries maintain data on all patients diagnosed or treated for cancer at a particular facility. The focus of the hospital-based cancer registry is on clinical care and hospital administration. So, within the hospital, a registry is often considered to be an integral part of the hospital's cancer programme or cancer care delivery system.

Cancer surveillance is an essential part of cancer prevention and control measures. To conduct regular surveillance, ICMR started National Cancer Registry Programme(NCRP) in 1982, using a network of Population and Hospital Based Cancer Registries (PBCRs and HBCRs) in India.

Tata Memorial Hospital - Hospital Based Cancer Registry joined the NCRP -Network during the year 1984 and since then the registry started submitting cancer related information to the ICMR. From 1984 to 2019, approximately, 7,00,000 cancer cases were reported to ICMR. Apart from TMH, registry also started reporting ACTREC registered Cases since 2018.


  • To generate reliable data on the magnitude and patterns of cancer care.

  • Participate in clinical research to evaluate treatment modalities.

  • Help plan hospital facilities.

  • Contribute to active follow-up of cancer patients.

  • Describe the length and quality of survival in relation to site, stage, and treatment.

  • Show time trends in the proportion of early to late stages at the time of diagnosis.

  • Develop human resources in cancer registration and epidemiology through recruitment and training of staff

Research Location

Functions of Cancer Registry

  • Case Findings : Identifying reportable cases within the Hospital from EMR.

  • Abstracting and Recording : Abstracting and coding the information by using ICD-O Classification in Hospital Based Cancer Registry Software.

  • Follow-up : Monitoring patient’s health status at regular intervals

  • Quality control : Validating registry data to ensure accuracy and completeness.

  • Reporting : Analyzing and Reporting data in Hospital Based Cancer Registry Report

Source of Information

Primary Source: Electronic Medical Record of TMC.

Secondary Source: Phone calls, emails, letters, Billing records, Death certificates

Software of Cancer Registry

In-house Software is developed and linked to Hospital Information Systems like PABR, CIS, DIS, OT Module, ROIS & MOIS Module so that data can be directly fetched into respective fields, wherever available in structured format and this will help in easy, fast and accurate abstraction.