Chapter 04 - Cancer Registry

Chapter 04 - Cancer Registry

13.0401 Establishment.


A population-based cancer registry is hereby established. The Department of Health shall administer and maintain the cancer registry established under this section.

13.0402 Cancer registry data and confidentiality.


The Department of Health shall collect, for each form of in-situ and invasive cancer (with the exception of basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma of the skin), data concerning:

(1) demographic information about each case of cancer;

(2) information on the industrial or occupational history of the individuals with the cancers, to the extent such information is available from the same record;

(3) administrative information, including date of diagnosis and source of information;

(4) pathological data characterizing the cancer, including the cancer site, stage of disease, incidence, and type treatment; and

(5) other elements determined by the Department of Health.

All data collected under this section shall be considered confidential as to the names of persons or physicians concerned, except that researchers may use the names of such persons when requesting additional information for research studies when such studies have been approved by the Director of Health.

13.0403 Promulgation of rules.


The Department of Health shall develop rules necessary to:

(1) ensure complete reporting by hospitals, laboratories, physicians and other health care practitioners diagnosing, or providing treatment for cancer patients;

(2) ensure access to all records that would identify cases of cancer or establish characteristics of the cancer, treatment of the cancer, or medical status of the individual patient;

(3) protect the confidentiality of all cancer data reported to the registry;

(4) establish the format, quality requirements, completeness, and timeliness of required data;

(5) and protect individuals complying with the law including provisions specifying that no person shall be held liable in any civil action with respect to a cancer case report provided to the cancer registry."

13.0404 Interstate Sharing of Information-Confidentiality.


(a) In order to obtain complete information on American Samoa patients who have been diagnosed or treated in other territories and states and in order to provide information to other states, territories, cancer registries, federal cancer control agencies, and health researchers regarding their residents who have been diagnosed or treated for cancer in American Samoa, the director of health or the director’s authorized representative is hereby authorized to enter into appropriate written agreements with other states, territories, cancer registries, federal cancer control agencies, and health researchers for the purpose of determining the sources of cancer and evaluating measures designed to eliminate, alleviate, or ameliorate their effect.

(b) Each state or territory with which the director of health agrees to exchange such information must agree in writing to keep all patient-specific information confidential and to require any research personnel to whom the information is made available to keep it confidential.