The Sentara Cancer Registries are the primary source for cancer quality data within the Sentara Cancer Network.
Data is abstracted four to six months after the patient is diagnosed to ensure that all of the first course of treatment is included.
As part of the Commission on Cancer Standards and the Code of Virginia, patient data is then reported to the Virginia Cancer Registry and the Commission on Cancer's National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) program.
Patients included in the registry are followed longitudinally to determine whether the patient had a recurrence and to measure their survival. This quality data is used each year to compile the Sentara Cancer Network Annual Report.