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Special Message to CoC-Accredited Cancer Programs


On behalf of the Commission on Cancer membership and staff, I would like to express my appreciation to all CoC-accredited cancer programs for their continued commitment and dedication to providing quality cancer care to their patients.  2011 will be a transitional year for our accredited cancer programs as they evaluate and prepare to implement the new standards for accreditation scheduled for 2012.  You will receive detailed information on how to prepare for the transition along with a formal “first draft” of the standards in the coming weeks. 

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CoC News
Special Message to CoC-Accredited Cancer Programs

On behalf of the Commission on Cancer membership and staff, I would like to express my appreciation to all CoC-accredited cancer programs for their continued commitment and dedication to providing quality cancer care to their patients.  2011 will be a transitional year... Read More

It's a New Year and a New FIPS!

The Facility Information Profile System (FIPS) Level I data fields have changed for 2011. These changes will help ensure that all the data items represent useful information to the public and accurately reflect current cancer care options. Read More

News from the CAnswer Forum

The CoC thanks constituents who have shared their expertise by answering questions in the new CAnswer Forum. To increase participation, we will award raffle prizes in our  “In It To Win It” contest. Read More

Cancer Programs Staff Departure

Nina Miller, Manager of the Cancer Liaison Program, has resigned from her position, effective January 31, to accept the role of executive director for Breast Cancer Recovery, a not-for-profit organization in Madison, WI.  Read More

Cancer Programs Job Opportunities

Cancer Programs at the American College of Surgeons currently has three job opportunities available that are described below... Read More

Dr. Ramesh V. Patwardhan

The Commission on Cancer extends sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ramesh V. Patwardhan, MD, FACS., 62, who passed away on November 12, 2010, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston  The CoC recognizes his invaluable service to the cancer community. Read More

Accreditation Program
Update on the CPS 2011 Project

The initial phase of the Cancer Program Standards (CPS) 2011 project will be completed with the publication of a working draft of Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care. The working draft will be published by the first week of February 2011. Read More

CPS 2011 Wiki Updates

The Accreditation Committee has approved the standards that will be included in the working draft of the manual. The Wiki page has been updated to reflect these standards and is organized to follow the new chapter structure. Read More

Best Practice Repository - Promoting Your CoC Accreditation

The CoC is adding a new section, “Cancer Program Promotion,” to the Best Practice Repository. We ask our constituents to share examples of how their program promotes their CoC accreditation (for example, newspaper ads, annual reports, and facility advertising). Read More

NewsCLiPs: News for Cancer Liaison Physicians
Nominate Your Cancer Liaison Physician Ė Deadline April 1

Administered by the Committee on Cancer Liaison, the Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) Awards Program recognizes outstanding clinical champions who go above and beyond to impact positively on their cancer program and/or the community. Read More

New State Chairs Assume Leadership of CLPs

State Chairs provide leadership to the Cancer Liaison Physicians within their state.  They are nominated by the state chapters of the American College of Surgeons and appointed to a three-year term by the Committee on Cancer Liaison. Read More

State Chair NEWS!

The STATEment was delivered to email boxes of State Chairs on January 25.  The newsletter is also available on the State Chair Information Board at More

Communication from the Commission on Cancer

The CoC continually disseminates information to cancer programs. Much of this information is pertinent to your accreditation. Therefore, it is important that we... Read More

Cancer Liaison Physician Facts

When Cancer Liaison Physicians (CLPs) are appointed, an e-mail is sent to them with their user id and password to CoCDatalinks.  Any CLP who has problems logging in should e-mail to obtain the user ID and password or to have one re-issued. Read More

National Cancer Data Base (NCDB)
Important Reminders for NCDB 2011 Call for Data Submissions

Cases diagnosed in 2003 and 2008 are due in March. The registry software selection for these cases will select those you have updated since July 1, 2009, just preceding the last time they were requested for a Call for Data.  Read More

Updated Registry Casefinding Lists Available

The Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program (SEER) has posted ICD-9-CM casefinding lists updated for use in 2011.  The Commission on Cancer encourages registries to use these lists compiled by SEER.
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Educational Activities
Attend May Survey Savvy Workshop at NCRA

A one-day CoC Survey Savvy Workshop will be held Sunday, May 15, at the National Cancer Registrars Association’s (NCRA) 37th Educational Conference in Orlando/Lake Buena Vista, FL. This pre-conference workshop, New Standards Implementation: Delivering the Message to Your Team... Read More

Upcoming CoC Live Webinars
  • Prostate Cancer Early Detection 2010: Recommendations from the American Cancer Society
  • Clinical Research in the Community Practice Setting
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On-Demand Webinars Now Available

Visit the On-Demand section of the CoC Online Education Portal for any live programming that you may have missed in 2009 or 2010. Read More

News from the American Joint Committee On Cancer (AJCC)
CS Coding Instructions: A Wealth of Knowledge at Your Fingertips

Coding Instructions for Collaborative Stage Version 2 (CSv2) have been enhanced in the following ways... Read More

News from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
NAPBC Releases 2010 Annual Report

The NAPBC recently posted its 2010 Annual Report on its website at The report includes a listing of the 232 NAPBC-accredited breast centers that has since grown to over 260 breast centers with another 110 centers in the application process. Read More

NAPBC Workshop Schedule - Spring 2011

The NAPBC has scheduled three workshops for early 2011... Read More

NAPBC Schedules Webinar on May 24

The NAPBC Standards and Accreditation Committee chair, Scott Kurtzman, MD, FACS, will moderate a Webinar on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 that will focus on understanding the NAPBC components and standards.  The Webinar will be particularly useful for programs... Read More

News from CoC Partners
Apply for the 2012 ACS Traveling Fellowship to Germany

The International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons has announced the availability of the ACS Traveling Fellowship to Germany for 2012.  Fellows of the College up to age 45... Read More

NCIís Annual Biospecimen Research Network Symposium March 2011

Registration is now open for the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Annual Biospecimen Research Network Symposium, "Advancing Cancer Research Through Biospecimen Science," March 28-29, 2011... Read More


The NCRA's (National Cancer Registrars Association) 2011 annual conference program is packed with informative and timely educational sessions. This year special emphasis has been given to CSv2, including three, site-specific sessions... Read More

Spotlight on Member Organizations
Monthly Spotlight: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and its 54,000 obstetrician–gynecologists and other partners in women’s health care are dedicated to the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer and other conditions affecting women’s health... Read More

Monthly Spotlight: American Society of Clinical Oncology

The mission of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is to 1) improve cancer care and prevention; 2) advance the education of physicians and other professionals in the care of patients with cancer and supporting the development of clinical cancer researchers... Read More

Monthly Spotlight: College of American Pathologists

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is the primary global organization of board-certified pathologists, with a steadfast commitment to fostering the highest standards in laboratory medicine and patient care. CAP sets high quality standards to ensure accurate diagnose... Read More

Monthly Spotlight: The Association of Community Cancer Centers

With more than 35 years of service to the oncology community, the Association of Community Cancer Centers's (ACCC's) core purpose is to be the leading education and advocacy organization for the cancer team. Read More

January 31, 2011
Upcoming Programs
Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 1:00 PM Central, Prostate Cancer Early Detection 2010: Recommendations from the American Cancer Society
Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 8:00 AM Central, Clinical Research in the Community Practice Setting

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