President’s Corner

Dear Colleagues,

The October 2019 TxTRA Conference held at the Austin Embassy Suites was excellent!

President Susan Perez, along with Program Committee Chair, Velma Garza worked very hard to make great CE hour quality choices. In addition, I would also like to give a special thanks to all the Committee Members that participated in making this conference a huge success.

Texas has the fourth largest Cancer Registry in the U.S. and TxTRA sets the background for the Texas Cancer Registrar in so many diverse cancer registry functions. Members of TxTRA are employed all around the country. We are a Cancer Registrar matrix and have many career options, whether we become a National Cancer Registry Director, NCRA President, as well as many other positions in between including Management, Administrator, (Accreditation), Abstractor, Case Finder, Follow-Up, Quality Review, Cancer Registry Lead, Cancer Registry Coordinator, or Epidemiologist.

As the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) Dr. Daniel S. Miller once said at an NCRA conference, “CTR’s are the gatekeepers of cancer data”.

Last year, TxTRA announced a new strategic committee in hopes of networking cancer registrars around the state. Our Texas Health Region BOT representatives are still in place. We encourage all members to get involved as this is your TxTRA!

Thank you for this incredible opportunity to serve as this year’s TxTRA President. Let us all encourage and support each other, you never know what TxTRA position is waiting for you. We all have unique qualities and gifts. I look forward to working with our Board, Committees, and membership. We face some distinct challenges this year, with the CoC standard on cancer registrar education. Let’s take a fresh look at our 2020 year of involvement.

Denise Harrison is our 2020 Program Chair.

The conference will be held in Houston and additional information will be forthcoming.

Marie Gallegos, CTR
TxTRA President