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Elekta Recognizes Best Paper Award Recipients and Cancer Registry of the Year at NCRA Education Conference

5/31/2013 7:09:22 AM

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At the National Cancer Registrars Association's (NCRA) 39th Annual Education Conference in San Francisco, Elekta joined the Journal of Registry Management (JRM) to announce recipients of the Elekta / JRM Best Paper Award. Elekta and JRM, the official journal of NCRA, collaborate on this award to recognize exemplary work in the cancer registration field.

Published in the fall 2012 issue of JRM, the Elekta Award for Journal of Registry Management: Best Paper of the Year 2012 went to "Evaluating Factors Associated with Unknown SEER Summary Stage 2000 Derived from Collaborative Stage at Central Registry Level." Co-authors of the paper are: Mei-Chin Hsieh, MSPH, CTR; Qingzhao Yu, PhD; Xiao-Cheng Wu, MD, MPH, CTR; Brad Wohler, MS; Ying Fan, MS; Baozhen Qiao, PhD; Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD; Umed A. Ajani, MBBS, MPH.

The 2012 Honorable Mention was awarded to "Coding of Specific Subgroups of Myelodysplastic Syndromes in a Population-Based Cancer Registry: Prospects for Improvement," which was published in the fall 2012 issue of JRM. Anthony P. Polednak, PhD and Cathryn Phillips, CTRb co-authored this paper.

"NCRA greatly appreciates Elekta's sponsorship of the JRM Best Paper Award," notes Vicki G. Nelson, MPH, RHIT, CTR, editor, Journal of Registry Management. "Through its support, Elekta highlights critical topics of interest to cancer registrars, assisting them in accurately collecting the data that informs vital cancer prevention and treatment programs."

Elekta selects Cancer Registry of the Year
During its annual Registry Users Meeting, Elekta also paid tribute to the 2013 Registry of the Year, which honors outstanding registrars and departments who have made valuable contributions to the success of the registry program. It also recognizes those who make a difference to the community and broader organizations in the fight against cancer. Morgantown, West Virginia's WVU Healthcare Cancer Registry team was recognized as Registry of the Year.

The WVU registrars have worked together closely for several years, achieving recognition as experts in the field of cancer registry by ACOS Commission on Cancer, WVUH Cancer Program, WVCRA state association of Cancer Registrars, and WVCR state cancer registry. Subjects of expertise include abstraction, standard compliance, technology, research and international research. Of note, the WVU registry staff has also spread its influence on an international level, working with Kenyan registrars on registry functions and the complications of abstraction of cases in Nairobi, through the influence of HIV and other disease processes.

"Elekta has an unwavering commitment to the full spectrum of oncology systems, including registry systems," says Todd Powell, Executive Vice President, Elekta Software. "We are eager to help our registry customers leverage the data they have in METRIQ® to make better clinical and business decisions. Most importantly, we are proud to recognize the cancer registry team at WVU Healthcare. Their commitment to their patients and their community is noteworthy, and we applaud the work they do."

An honorable mention also was awarded to Saint Francis Medical Center - Cancer Treatment Center (Grand Island, Nebraska).

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About Elekta
Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops sophisticated, state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care. Stretching the boundaries of science and technology, providing intelligent and resource-efficient solutions that offer confidence to both healthcare providers and patients, Elekta aims to improve, prolong and even save patient lives.

Today, Elekta solutions in oncology and neurosurgery are used in over 6,000 hospitals worldwide. Elekta employs around 3,400 employees globally. The corporate headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb. Website:


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