History of MoSTRA
October 21, 1975 News Release
Tumor Registrars from hospitals throughout Missouri will attend a two-day
meeting in Columbia to organize and name an association to serve members of
this fast-growing specialty field. Approximately 75 tumor registrars have indicated
they will attend.
The meeting will be educational as well as organizational, according to Mickie
Savoy, RN, President Pro-Tem of the first session October 23-24 at Holiday
Inn West. Mrs. Savoy is associate director of the Missouri Cancer Registry
at the Cancer Research Center.
“The need to be recognized as a separate entity was realized long ago
by hospital tumor registrars,” said Mrs. Savoy, “inasmuch as they
are trained in selecting information from cancer patient’s charts and
condensing it into a uniform abstract. These data are then compiled in the
individual hospital-based tumor registry and then transferred to a central
“Fortunately for the state of Missouri, there exists a statewide data
base to which many Missouri hospitals submit their data” Mrs. Savoy pointed
out. “Tumor data are collected by a central base-the Missouri Cancer
Registry which operates under contract with the Division of Health through
the Cancer Research Center – and are aggregated by statisticians, then
passed on to other health care agencies and epidemiologists with the hope that
this will enable them to discover the causes of certain types of cancer and
ultimately, all types of cancer.”
Mrs. Savoy said, “that eventually, with the institution of more tumor
registries in Missouri hospitals and participation of all Missouri hospitals
with the central registry, all Missourians with cancer and future cancer patients
The goals of the Tumor Registrars’ Association will be to:
1. Promote research and education in tumor registry administration.
2. Establish standards of education for tumor registrars.
3. Raise the level of knowledge and performance of tumor registrars.
4. Disseminate information to members of the association regarding current
activities, research and trends in the cancer field.
5. Initiate and/or participate in programs to improve and standardize the compiling
of tumor registry information.
6. Seek liaison with professional and governmental organization which utilize
data derived from tumor registries.
Several speakers, noted in their fields, are expected to discuss cancer registries
and related subjects.
The Missouri tumor registrars will seek to join the National Tumor Registrars’ Association
(NTRA) which was organized about a year and a half ago. To become a member
of NTRA one must pass a certification examination now being developed by NTRA.