Elekta Acknowledges Cancer Registrars Contribution to Human Care at NCRA Conference in Palm Springs

Best Paper Award recipients and Cancer Registrar of the Year recognized

Atlanta, GA United States — Wednesday, June 16, 2010

At the National Cancer Registrars Association’s (NCRA) 36th Annual Education Conference in Palm Springs, 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 summer 2009 issue of JRM, the Elekta Award for Journal of Registry Management: Best Paper of the Year 2009 went to: “Validation of Ethnicity in Cancer Data: Which Hispanics are we Misclassifying?" Paulo S. Pinheiro, Recinda Sherman, Lora E. Fleming, Orlando Gomex-Marin, Youjie Hang, David J. Lee and Frank J. Penedo co-authored this paper.

The 2009 Honorable Mention was awarded to: “Breast and Prostate Cancer Patient’s Reliability of Treatment Reporting” and was published in the spring 2009 issue of JRM. Kathleen Oberst, Cathy J. Bradley and Maryjean Schenk co-authored this paper.

“We are proud of Elekta’s sponsorship for recognition of a continually relevant publication,” says Michael Hechter, NCRA’s Director of Membership and Certification. “NCRA’s Journal of Registry Management publishes the highest quality papers showcasing data collected and managed by cancer registry professionals.”

To learn more about National Cancer Registrars Association’s JRM, go to http://www.ncra-usa.org/jrm.

Elekta selects Cancer Registrar of the Year
During the meeting, Elekta also paid tribute to Elekta’s 2010 Registrar of the Year. Honoring cancer registrars who made valuable contributions to the success of their registry, as well as extend those contributions to benefit the broader medical facility and community, Mary Ellen Fahey, Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR®) at Montefiore Medical Center (MMC) in Bronx, New York was recognized as Registrar of the Year.

Recognized for 25 years of service to MMC, Fahey was nominated for her loyalty to the profession and dedication to cancer patient care. An analyst before completing a CTR management course at Lehman College, Fahey entered the cancer registry workforce in 2000. A teacher herself at Lehman College, Fahey now prepares future CTR’s for a career in cancer registry.

“The true embodiment of cancer registry excellence, Mary Ellen is an asset to the medical center and community,” says Linda Fisher, CTR, and Manager of Cancer Registry Services at Montefiore Medical Center. “Generous, sincere and ever so loyal to her colleagues – I’m sure there are many in our field who exemplify similar qualities as Mary Ellen – but none that can match the passion she brings to the profession.”

An honorable mention also was awarded to Carolyn Ingram, CTR, Manager of Cancer Registry Services for New-York Presbyterian, The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York, New York.

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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 3,300 employees globally. The corporate headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb. Website: www.elekta.com.

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