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90 Cancer Care Facilities Receive National Achievement Award

The CoC of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to a select group of 90 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States.

Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.  The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. 

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Fourth International Symposium on Cancer Metastasis and the Lymphovascular System: Basis for Rational Therapy

The Fourth International Symposium on Cancer Metastasis and the Lymphovascular System: Basis for Rational Therapy (—May 12-14, 2011 at the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel in New York City—will offer an extensive CME-program detailing the latest discoveries about the mechanisms of cancer metastasis and updating cutting-edge results from clinical trials.  Biomarkers and their diagnostic and prognostic applications in metastatic cancer and their usefulness in molecular targeted therapy are a major focus, according to Symposium chairman Stanley P.L. Leong, MD, FACS, president of the Sentinel Node Oncology Foundation and chief of Cutaneous Oncology, and associate director of the Melanoma Program at California Pacific Medical Center, in San Francisco.

Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Arizona Cancer Center, the Sentinel Node Oncology Foundation, AiM at Melanoma, and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, the Fourth International Symposium on Cancer Metastasis is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians and researchers involved in all oncology disciplines and subspecialties, including medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists; pathologists; and other translational-oriented laboratory scientists. Highlights include four mini-symposia: (1) New Paradigms of Cancer Treatment Based on Recent Results from the Sentinel Lymph Node Trials, including Armando Giuliano, MD, FACS; Monica Morrow, MD, FACS; and Donald Morton, MD, FACS; (2) Breast Cancer Update 2011, including Hope Rugo, MD; William Gradishar, MD; and Clifford Hudis, MD.; (3) Progression of Metastatic Melanoma: Implications for Treatment, including John Kirkwood, MD; Steven O’Day, MD; Dave Hoon, PhD; and Alexander Eggermont, MD, PhD; and 4) Meeting the Biologic Challenge of Colorectal Metastases, including Phillip Paty, MD; Nancy Kemeny, MD; and Michael D’Angelica, MD). The program includes cash awards for the five best metastasis-related abstracts submitted by young Investigators (under age 40) and Trainees (residents, fellows, or students).  Authors of the three best abstracts submitted by General Attendees (investigators over 40, physicians who are not residents or fellows) will present their work. but with no cash award. To register or for more information, visit or call Paradigm Medical Communications, the Symposium’s ACCME-accredited CME-provider, at 845-398-5100, ext. 20.


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CoC News
90 Cancer Care Facilities Receive National Achievement Award
FIPS Level II Data: Cases Reported to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) by Site and Stage
New CoC Website Coming Soon
ACoS Advocates for Cancer Appropriations
CAnswer Forum In it to Win it! – Read About Our Special April Prize!
Accreditation Program
Best Practice Repository - Promoting Your CoC Accreditation
Improving SAR Resources
NewsCLiPs: News for Cancer Liaison Physicians
Nominate Your Cancer Liaison Physician – Deadline Extended to May 1
Introducing New State Chairs
National Cancer Data Base (NCDB)
Hints for May’s NCDB Data Submission
Educational Activities
Attend May Survey Savvy Workshop at NCRA
Save-the-Date: Survey Savvy – Fall 2011
New ACS Prostate Cancer Guidelines Webinar
Move to the Fast Track: Getting Your Cancer Program Ready for the RQRS Webinar
On-Demand Webinars Now Available
News from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
2011 NAPBC Standards Manual NOW Available!
NAPBC Workshop Schedule - Spring 2011
Understanding NAPBC Components and Standards Webinar
NAPBC to Exhibit at ASBS and ONS
News from CoC Partners
Facts about the Certified Tumor Registrar Credential
American Cancer Society Launches New Blog
A Message from the Chair of the Breast Cancer Symposium Program Committee
Fourth International Symposium on Cancer Metastasis and the Lymphovascular System: Basis for Rational Therapy
George Washington Cancer Institute's Center for the Advancement of Cancer Survivorship, Navigation and Policy (caSNP)
Monthly Spotlight on Member Organizations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Cancer Registrar’s Association
National Society of Genetic Counselors
The National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program and the Applied Research Program
Upcoming Programs
Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 9:00 AM Central, Understanding the NAPBC Components and Standards

Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 1:00 PM Central, Move to the Fast Track: Getting your Cancer Program Ready for the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS)
Remember to add your feedback to the content posted on the Cancer Program Standards 2011 Wiki page. Click here to access.
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