1. The TCR is authorized to
collaborate with the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR), the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Cancer Institute
(NCI) to provide cancer incidence statistics and participate in cancer
Tennessee Department of Health
Tennessee Cancer Registry shall work closely with the Tennessee Department of
Health in investigating cancer-related issues and in evaluating programs.
Because the TCR data are an integral part of the Tennessee Department of Health
cancer prevention and control programs, the use of Registry data by public
health officials shall be considered an in-house activity. Data required by the
Tennessee Department of Health for responding to concerns expressed about
threats to the public health shall receive priority in determining the order of
To the general public:
1. Public reports
published by the Tennessee Cancer Registry shall include aggregate, not patient
identifying information or facility identifying information. Information that
would potentially identify a cancer patient shall not be published.
Non-identifying information may be made available to the general public upon
request to the department. The availability of any data shall depend upon the
department's financial or other ability to comply with such requests. The
Registry shall respond to public requests as quickly as possible, subject to
1. The TCR is authorized to collaborate with
the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) to provide
cancer incidence statistics and participate in cancer studies.
information collected from any hospital, laboratory, facility, or health care
practitioner may be released to qualified persons for the purposes of cancer
prevention, control, and research, provided that each request for identifying
information follows the established procedure outlined in the TCR Policies and
Procedures Manual and receives prior approval by the department. Identifying
information that is collected solely by the Tennessee Cancer Registry for its
own special studies shall not be released.
(a) A statistical report shall be prepared at
the completion of each year's data collection cycle and will be distributed as
Interstate Exchange of Data
cancer patients may be diagnosed or receive treatment in another state, the
Commissioner or the Commissioner's authorized representative is authorized to
sign agreements with other states to acquire cancer data concerning Tennessee
residents and, in return, to provide those states with data relating to their
residents. Each signatory state shall agree in writing to keep all patient data
confidential and privileged as defined in the contract for data exchange, a
copy of which is included in the TCR Policies and Procedures Manual.
Tenn. Comp. R. &
Original rule filed
October 6, 1986; effective November 20, 1986. Amendment filed September 5,
1990; effective October 20, 1990. Repeal and new rule filed February 1, 2002;
effective April 17, 2002.
Authority: T.C.A. §§
4-5-202 and 68-l-1001 et