Cancer Registry


Marvin Rothwell, PhD

Assistant Director


Certified Tumor Registrars (CTR) manage and analyze clinical cancer information for the purpose of processing, maintaining, compiling, and reporting health information. This information is used for research, quality management and improvement, facility planning and marketing, monitoring patient outcomes, cancer program development, cancer prevention and surveillance, survival data, compliance with reporting standards, evaluation of the results of treatment, and meeting state and national accreditation standards.

The certified tumor registrars at the Duke Cancer Institute possess the clinical and technical knowledge and skills necessary to maintain the disease-related data collection systems for the Cancer Registry Department. This includes components of cancer-related diseases consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and accreditation requirements of the health care delivery system. Our primary customers are:

  • North Carolina Central Cancer Registry (state-mandated reporting) 
  • American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer (national cancer data reporting)
  • Researchers (data for new studies, ongoing studies and survival data) 
  • Administrators/Directors (planning and development of new programs) 
  • Center for Cancer Survivorship (survivor events, education events, support programs) 
  • Outside Registries (requests for diagnostic, treatment, and follow up information)

Staff Contacts

Denea Labajetta, AAS, RT(R)
Administrative Assistant 

Samantha Brooks, CTR
Data Specialist, Data & Research Requests 

Colleen Lane, BBA, CTR
Education/Training Coordinator

Tumor Registrars

Duke University

  • Jackie Ellis, AAS, CTR
  • Cherry Fitton, BBA, CTR
  • Christy Hall, AAS, CTR
  • Debbie Poovey, CTR
  • Martina Manis, BS, RHIA, CTR
  • Joyce Boeh, AAS, RHIT, CTR
  • Abigail Rivera, CTR

Duke Regional Hospital:

  • Paula Buck, CTR