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The Rationale for Radiation Oncology Data Items in STORE 2018

October 21, 2020 11:00 am Central Time

The data items describing radiation oncology treatment have not been modified for several years and limited the ability to capture new and more specific data which affect both the ability to analyze and report treatment results and patient outcomes. The new radiation oncology fields released in STORE make the data more relevant and easier to capture in cancer registry databases.


John Christodouleas, MD, MPH

John Christodouleas, MD, MPHDr. Christodouleas is a radiation oncologist and a nationally recognized authority on the treatment of prostate and bladder cancers. His research interest is in the use of new diagnostic and therapeutic technologies and how these can be used to optimize cancer cure rates and decrease side effects of treatments. He is an active researcher of proton therapy and MR-guided radiation therapy.

Dr. Christodouleas has written extensively about ways to optimize cancer control and quality of life for patients with cancer and has published primary research, reviews and editorials in a variety of journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, Cancer, and The International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics. He has authored over 20 book chapters on the care of cancer patients and is coeditor of one of the leading textbooks in radiation oncology.

He was the University of Pennsylvania’s primary investigator to the Proton Collaborative Group and quality co-chair of the National Radiation Oncology Group Adjuvant Radiation trial for bladder cancer and is presently co-primary investigator for the MOMENTUM Study, an international observational cohort study of MR-guided radiation therapy.

Dr. Christodouleas has a strong interest in creating better linkages between the radiotherapy and cancer registry community. Since 2015, he has served on the Commission on Cancer’s Radiation Oncology Working Group which manages the radiation data items in the STORE Manual and the National Cancer Database.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the rationale for the changes introduced in STORE
  • Define and explain the radiation oncology terminology now in STORE
  • Review common challenges and areas of confusion when coding radiation data items.

Target Audience

The Better Data; Better Quality; Better Outcomes webinar series is for all members of the multidisciplinary care team at health care facilities that treat patients with cancer, including but not limited to: 

  • Cancer committee members
  • Navigators
  • Nurses
  • Physicians (Cancer Liaison Physicians)
  • Program leadership (cancer program administrators, breast program directors, breast program leaders)
  • Registrars

Continuing Education

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded for this course. 

1 continuing education credit for #2020-115 will be provided from National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).

ACS Cancer Programs is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP17437, for 1 contact hour.