September 17, 1973

Value of The Tumor Registry

Author Affiliations

National Cancer Institute Bethesda, Md

JAMA. 1973;225(12):1533. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220400059024

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To the Editor.—  Much rancor and derision have been poured on the lowly tumor registry and yet it is with pleasure that I note the editorial in the June 18, 1973, issue (224:1644) entitled, "Empyema in Lung Cancer— The Cloud With A Silver Lining." A study at the Albany Medical Center Hospital done by, then a student, Mr. Ruckdeschel and Dr. McNeally was the stimulus for this editorial and the study was greatly facilitated, if not made possible, by a tumor registry that provided a source of patients with lung cancer with a good followup so that a meaningful five-year follow-up was possible.In their article, the authors did not credit the tumor registry with any contribution, but in a letter Dr. McNeally gave the registry and its executive secretary, Mrs. Rita Buehler, full credit for the registry's value.I am confident that in many other situations a tumor registry