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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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Monthly Spotlight on Member Organizations
National Society of Genetic Counselors

The Commission on Cancer regularly collaborates with over 50 member organizations in its mission to provide quality cancer care. This month we introduce the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).

The NSGC was incorporated in 1979.

The Society's Vision: Integrating genetics and genomics to improve health for all.

The Society's Mission: The National Society of Genetic Counselors advances the various roles of genetic counselors in health care by fostering education, research, and public policy to ensure the availability of quality genetic services.  NSGC is currently led by President Karin Dent, MS, LCGC from the University of Utah, and governed by a twelve-member Board of Directors, with support from various Committees, Task Forces, and Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

NSGC promotes the professional interests of genetic counselors and provides a network for professional communications. Local and national continuing education opportunities and the discussion of all issues relevant to human genetics and the genetic counseling profession are an integral part of belonging to the NSGC.

NSGC’s current strategic initiatives are focused on increasing access to genetic counseling services through outreach and collaboration with physicians and other healthcare providers and advocacy and education with payers.  NSGC is also committed to preparing and equipping our members with the knowledge and tools to proactively navigate the upcoming changes in the healthcare system and in genetics/genomics.

NSGC’s membership specializes in many different specialty areas and practice settings, providing support and genetic services to patients, physicians and other healthcare providers.  The diversity of practice areas is evident in NSGC’s growing number of official special interest groups (SIGs), currently numbered at twenty.  The largest of NSGC’s SIGs is the Familial Cancer Risk Counseling SIG (aka “The Cancer SIG”).  The Cancer SIG is led this year by Jessica Everett, MS, CGC from the University of Michigan and Brittany Thomas, MS, CGC from the Mayo Clinic.  The Cancer SIG specifically promotes communication between providers and affiliates of cancer genetic counseling services for the purpose of advancing the field of cancer genetic counseling.

Event Information:
NSGC’s primary education event is the Annual Education Conference (AEC), held each year in the fall.  The 2011 AEC is scheduled for October 27 - 30 in San Diego, CA at the San Diego Marriott.  Immediately preceding the AEC on October 26 is a day of Preconference Symposia.  The Preconference Symposia are six, six-hour sessions on a specific topic, one being cancer-focused.  This year’s cancer related Preconference Symposium involves pharmacogenetics, featuring a panel of experts within the field of Cancer Genetics.  In addition, several educational break-out sessions at this year’s AEC will feature relevant hereditary cancer topics including Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer, SNP-based Testing and Cancer Genetics, Prostate Cancer Genetics, and Fertility Issues related to Cancer.

NSGC also hosts a variety of year-round educational opportunities offered online.  An online course is made available each summer and webinars are held throughout the year on various topics of interest to genetic counselors.  Additional online courses on coding, cultural competence and clinical trials management are also available through NSGC.

Recent Publications and/or Products:
Several members of NSGC are actively involved in creating and maintaining Practice Guidelines, some of which involve collaborative efforts between NSGC and other organizations.  Practice Guidelines for genetic cancer risk assessment and counseling, in collaboration with ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) and ACMG (American College of Medical Genetics), are currently undergoing revisions and new Practice Guidelines regarding the evaluation and management for Lynch syndrome, in collaboration with CGA-ICC (Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colon Cancer), are in the final stages of development.

In addition the Cancer SIG published a document called, Practice Resources for Starting, Expanding, and Supporting a Cancer Genetics Program. Other helpful resources and publications are also available on the NSGC website:

For more information on this organization, please contact:
Meghan Carey, Executive Director, 401 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL  60611
Phone: 312-527-6834
Email: | Web site:

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In This Issue
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)
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