Cancer registration is an important public health and cancer surveillance tool that generates data on cancer incidence, risk factors and outcomes for specific populations. The data provided from cancer registries over time have proven to be an invaluable source of information in the development of cancer prevention and control strategies.
Nigerian National System of Cancer Registries (NSCR) through its mentoring and monitoring roles has been able to resuscitate the consciousness of cancer registration in Nigeria by reviving defunct registries, establishing new ones and providing technical and scientific support to the cancer registries. As a result of these activities, the number of cancer registries in Nigeria has increased from 26 registries (7 Population Based Cancer Registries (PBCRs) and 19 Hospital Based Cancer Registries (HBCRs) in the year 2016 to 30 (10 PBCRs and 20 HBCRs) in the year 2017.
New cancer registries
- Establishment of the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Cancer Registry (BMSHCR), Port Harcourt
Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital (BMSH) is a state government owned hospital, which was established in March 1925. Officially recognized by the Federal Ministry of Health, Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital is ranked among the largest hospitals in the Niger Delta. Its departments include Medicine, Paediatrics, Laboratories, Radiology, Family Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Anaesthesia, Surgery, Pathology, Ophthalmology, Accident Centre and the Surgical/Medical Emergency.
BMSH organized a 2-day training workshop on basic cancer registration principles and methods from 30th to 31st January, 2017 at the BMSH Conference Hall, Port Harcourt. The workshop was attended by the Medical Director of the hospital, the Rivers State Director of Public Health, Cancer Desk Officer in the state’s Ministry of Health, Consultant Surgeons, Consultant Pathologists, Resident Doctors, House Officers, Nurses, Laboratory Scientists, Medical Record Officers and cancer registry staff. The goal of the workshop was to sensitize the hospital community on cancer registration principles and establish a HBCR at the institution. The participants were urged to work on improving cancer registration in the State and the Country in general. At the end of the workshop, participants expressed their gratitude for the workshop and judged the workshop as highly impactful.
The BMSHCR was established during the visit. The registry is located in the Pathology Department of Braithwaite Memorial Specialist, Port Harcourt. The registry is expected to collect cancer data from sources within the hospital.
- Establishment of the Lakeshore Cancer Registry (LCR), Lagos.
The Lakeshore Cancer Center (LCC) is dedicated to cancer prevention and treatment. The hospital offers Cancer Treatment, Cancer Screening, Dew Drops Support Group and Diagnostic Services.
LCC organized a 2-day training on principles of cancer registration to train its registry staff in cancer registration methods and principles of data collection. The training which took place from May 15th to 16th, 2017 at the LCC conference hall was attended by the registry director and two cancer registry staff.
During the visit, the LCR was established to collect cancer data from sources within the hospital. The registry is domiciled in the Pathology Department of LCC, Lagos.
- Establishment of the Adamawa Cancer Registry (ADCR)
The management of Federal Medical Center, Yola organized a 2-day training workshop on principles and methods of cancer registration from June 7th to 8th, 2017 at the Histopathology Department of the Federal Medical Center Yola.
The purpose of the workshop was to build capacity for cancer registration and set-up a PBCR at the institution. The workshop was attended by the registry director and 11 participants who were drawn from Medical records, Histopathology and the Information and Communications Technology departments of the institution.
The Adamawa Cancer Registry located in the Histopathology Department, Federal Medical Center Yola has been defined to cover Ganye, Mubi North, Yola North and Yola South Local Government Areas with a population of 717,334 people.
- Report on the Visit to Uyo Cancer Registry (UCR)
The University of Uyo Teaching Hospital Cancer Registry, Uyo was established in 2009 by NSCR as a HBCR. The registry is domiciled in the Pathology Department of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH), Uyo.
NSCR staff conducted a 3-day visit to the registry from July 24th to 27th, 2017 to retrain the cancer registry staff on cancer registration and to upgrade the registry to population based cancer registry status. The cancer registration training was attended by 5 participants from the cancer registry and the medical records department.
The Uyo Cancer Registry is located in Akwa Ibom State in the South-South region of Nigeria. The registry’s catchment area includes Eket, Etinan, Ikot Epkene and Uyo Local Government Areas with a population of 789,149 people.
- Establishment of the Sierra Leone Cancer Registry (SLCR)
NSCR staff served as a consultant on behalf of the African Cancer Registry Network (AFCRN) to the Sierra Leone Cancer Registry (SLCR) from September 11th to 20th, 2017.
The purpose of the visit was to inspect and assess the working condition of the SLCR according to the AFCRN Consultant Guidelines, review and modify the registry data collection form, identify the major sources of information on cancer cases resident in Freetown, train the registry staff on cancer registration and develop a Standard Procedure Manual for the registry.
In the course of the visit, a cancer registry sensitization meeting was held on September 19th, 2017 at the Board Room, Connaught Teaching Hospital Complex. The purpose of the meeting was to advocate for the registry and get the collaboration of key stakeholders involved in cancer in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The meeting was attended by Chief Medical Director, Connaught Teaching Hospital (Prof. J.A Otegbayo); Dr. M. Parkin (AFCRN); Dr. M. Odutola (NSCR/AFCRN), Dr. OwissKoroma (SLCR Director); Dr. A.P Koroma (Medical Director, Princess Christian Maternity Hospital, Freetown); registry staff; Connaught Hospital staff and representatives from Sierra Leone Ministry of Health; Ola During Hospital Freetown; Well Women Hospital Freetown; Sierra Leone Cancer Society and members of the press.