Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
Christine Hendriks,
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104

Date:           April 6, 2011

West Islip, NY – The cancer registrars at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center join their colleagues and community leaders in observance of the annual National Cancer Registrars’ Week, April 11 – 15.  The theme, “Pave the Way to a Cure”, reflects the skill cancer registrars use in carefully collecting and processing information.    Quality data is central to the nation’s cancer- fighting efforts, and these committed individuals are the first link in capturing information on patients diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer registrars discover, interpret and record a wide range of demographic and medical information on people with cancer.  Their findings are submitted to state and national cancer registries for use in research, treatment and prevention initiatives.  Medical teams are able to accurately identify cancer patient populations, measure outcomes of treatment and formulate plans for quality improvement.

The cancer program at Good Samaritan Hospital benefits from the efforts of cancer registrars.  The medical center’s state-of-the-art breast health services, for example, incorporate all of the latest screening recommendations for the early detection of breast cancer.  Surgeons continue to provide the most current techniques, including laparoscopic cancer surgery and outstanding plastic/reconstructive surgery.  Pathologists offer expertise in both solid tumor and hematopathology, as well as cases that are referred from outside facilities for review. 

The hospital’s interdisciplinary, weekly cancer conference features discussion of active cases with representation from medical oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and radiation oncologists.  Additional allied health care professionals, such as Good Samaritan’s Social Work and Pastoral Care departments, in conjunction with Catholic Health Service’s Good Shepherd Hospice, are joined by a palliative care coordinator, providing patients with an unsurpassed network that ensures the highest quality of care.

For more information on Good Samaritan’s cancer registry and other cancer services, please call (631) 376-4444 or visit


Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip.  The medical center, which has more than 4,500 employees and almost 900 physicians on staff, had nearly 30,000 patient admissions and more than 95,000 emergency department visits in 2010.  Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at

Good Samaritan provides more than $49 million in community service and charity care each year.  The medical center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health.  This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.