The Duke Cancer Institute Cancer Registry manages and analyzes clinical data on people with cancer. The primary objective of the cancer registry is to provide accurate and timely information on cancer incidence, occurrence, and survivorship. This information is used for research, quality improvement, evaluation of patient outcomes, cancer program development, cancer prevention and surveillance, facility planning, and meeting state and national accreditation standards. 

Cancer Registry Data Users

  • North Carolina Central Cancer Registry (state-mandated reporting) 
  • American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer (nationally-mandated reporting to the National Cancer Database) 
  • Researchers (data for new studies, ongoing studies, and survival data) 
  • Administrators and directors (planning and development of new programs) 
  • DCI Center for Supportive Care and Survivorship (survivor events, education events, support programs) 
  • Outside registries (requests for diagnostic, treatment, and follow-up information) 

Cancer Registrars

Cancer registrars are data information specialists who capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient diagnosed or treated in the Duke Cancer Institute. Cancer registrars work closely with physicians, administrators, researchers, and health care planners to provide support for the ultimate goal of preventing and controlling cancer. 

The Oncology Data Specialist (ODS) credential demonstrates a requisite knowledge and professional competence needed within the cancer registry and is nationally recognized in the recruitment and retention of registry personnel. 

Cancer Registry Team



  • Joyce A. Boeh, RHIT, ODS-C
  • Paula Buck, ODS-C
  • Jackie Ellis, AAS, ODS-C
  • Cherry Fitton, BBA, ODS-C
  • Lisa Gimber, MHA, RHIT, ODS-C
  • Christy Hall, AAS, ODS-C
  • Darrell Luke Holland, RN
  • Denea Labajetta, AAS, RT(R)
  • Deborah Poovey, AAS, ODS-C
  • Abigail Rivera, MBA, ODS-C
This page was reviewed on 09/18/2023