President’s Corner

Cultivating a New Future in Cancer Registry

In a world where change is a constant process, our profession is no different.  We constantly evolve and resilience has become an invaluable trait. As we navigate through a time of a new “normal” following the pandemic, we should be more successful at adapting to change because we are faced with constant change on a daily basis.  To say that it is any easier would be naïve because after working over 25 years towards fighting cancer facing the never-ending change is still not something that I am used to doing.  We have to constantly work towards developing the ability to adapt and thrive in the face of change.

Change can be daunting, but it also brings opportunities for growth and innovation. Embracing change means letting go of the fear of the unknown and approaching new experiences with an open mind. It’s a journey of self-discovery and continuous learning.

One way to build resilience is by cultivating a growth mindset. This means viewing challenges as opportunities to learn and improve, rather than as roadblocks. By reframing our thoughts and focusing on the possibilities that change can bring, we empower ourselves to embrace it with confidence.  The actual definition of cultivate is to try to acquire or develop a quality, sentiment, or skill.

Another crucial aspect of resilience is maintaining a strong support network. Connecting with others who share similar goals and aspirations can provide encouragement during challenging times. Sharing experiences and learning from one another creates a sense of belonging and reminds us that we are not alone in our journey.

In this fast-paced world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Practicing mindfulness and self-care is essential to recharge and stay centered. Taking time to reflect, meditate, or engage in hobbies can help alleviate stress and keep us grounded amidst the constant flux of life.

Moreover, learning to adapt to new technologies is paramount in today’s digital age. Embracing technological advancements can enhance productivity and create new opportunities for personal and professional development. Continuous upskilling and staying updated with the latest trends will ensure we remain competitive and relevant.

While change is inevitable, it’s essential to remember our core values and beliefs. These serve as our compass, guiding us through uncertain times. Staying true to our principles provides stability and a sense of purpose, anchoring us during times of upheaval.

Our first annual hybrid conference on September 25-27, 2023 will provide educational speakers to help us in rebuilding our relationships with other like-minded individuals.  As the first in-person conference since 2019 prior to the pandemic, I am sure that many of us are excited to have the ability to reconnect.  This year’s speakers will include topics related to the changes in staging and treatment in various areas of oncology, Common Coding Mistakes and QA Errors, the upcoming reporting of VA Cases and much more.

In conclusion, building resilience is an ongoing process that requires self-awareness, a growth mindset, a strong support system, mindfulness, and adaptability. By actively embracing change, we empower ourselves to navigate through life’s challenges with strength and determination.

Let’s embark on this journey of resilience together, embracing the ever-changing world with courage and optimism.  Sincerely, I hope that each of you will be attending the conference in September and if you are unable to attend in person consider the virtual attendance registration.  All those registered will be able to view the conference presentations for a minimum of two months following the conference.

Wishing you a month filled with growth and resilience!

Kimberly Kinney-Lara, CTR
2022-23 TxTRA President