Aspirus Wausau Hospital participates in a statewide program to improve the quality of cancer detection and care. Aspirus Wausau Hospital maintains a Cancer Registry, as required by state law, which tracks causes, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and certain blood disorders. Information about each new patient diagnosed at Aspirus Wausau Hospital is sent to the Wisconsin Cancer Registry, where it is combined with data from all other cancer patients and studied to find ways of improving cancer care.
The Aspirus Wausau Hospital Cancer Registry currently has information on more than 9,800 patients diagnosed and/or treated for cancer since 1988.
All patient information collected by the Aspirus Wausau Hospital Cancer Registry is kept confidential, in accordance with Wisconsin Law HFS 124.14 and established hospital and Wisconsin Cancer Registry policies. The information is only used collectively to aid research to improve the detection and treatment of cancer now and in the future.
Aspirus Wausau Hospital Cancer Registry records are regularly updated with information about the patient's current health status, treating physician and date of last physical examination. To capture all data for each type of cancer, patients are tracked for life.
How Information Is Obtained
The Cancer Registry staff first gathers information from the medical records of patients with a cancer diagnosis who are seen or admitted at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Throughout a patient's life, staff will collect information from the following sources:
Hospital medical records.
Follow-up with the patient's physician.
Contact with the patient or patient's family, if the physician is unknown.
Wisconsin State Statute 255.04
This statute describes how cancer cases must be reported to the State Cancer. All reporting facilities must (a) use a prescribed form to submit the cancer report, (b) follow a certain time schedule when submitting the report, and (c) report specific types of cancer and precancerous conditions. The statute also requires that any information gathered remain confidential. For more information, please visit www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/statutes.html.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
The Wisconsin Cancer Registry in considered a public health entity, which means Aspirus Wausau Hospital may continue to report cancer patient information confidentially - without violating HIPAA, an act designed to protect sensitive medical information.
Approved Cancer Program
The American College of Surgeons first accredited hospital cancer programs in 1932 to improve the care of cancer patients. Today, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer only approves hospital programs maintaining four key components: a cancer committee, multi-specialty teaching conferences, patient care evaluation and a Cancer Registry. Also, a 90-percent patient lifetime follow-up by the Cancer Registry is required.
Aspirus Wausau Hospital's cancer program meets these criteria and has been approved by the Commission on Cancer.
You can contact the Cancer Registry Program at Aspirus Wausau Hospital by email at CancerReg@aspirus.org.