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American College of Surgeons:  Inspiring Quality 

Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

As our nation grapples with how to sustain its commitment to its citizens with regard to the delivery of high-quality health care, the American College of Surgeons wants the President, Congress, health care leaders, and the public to know that common ground can be found.  The College has proven ways to improve care and reduce costs, and has highlighted its approach in a two-minute video that was released to the public on April 13.  The video is just one piece of the Inspiring Quality initiative, which is intended to drive awareness of the critical elements needed in quality programs to offer the best chance of achieving that goal and transforming our health care system.  The Commission on Cancer’s Accreditation Program is featured prominently in the initiative.
The College does not view health care as a partisan issue and wants to work with the Administration, Congress, and the nation’s health care leaders to implement workable solutions that both improve care and reduce costs.  We invite all Commission on Cancer constituents to view this video and pass it on to as many people you know who care about preserving the best in American health care.  

You can learn more about the Inspiring Quality Initiative on the College website at

CoC News
Facility Site and Stage Data Ready for Release to the Public

The site and stage distribution data table of 2009 cancer cases (Level II report) has been posted in the Facility Information Profile System (FIPS) for access by Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited cancer programs. Read More

CoC to Exhibit at the AOSW and NCRA

The CoC will be hosting an exhibit at the following events:   
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News from the CAnswer Forum - In It To Win It! Grand Prize

We have done things a little differently in April for our In It To Win It! contest. In recognition of National Cancer Registrars Week, one winner will be selected to receive a free registration to the Survey Savvy program... Read More

Accreditation Program
Counting CPS-3 Activity in CoC-accredited Cancer Programs

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study – 3 (CPS-3) is enrolling men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 with no personal history of cancer into a clinical trial that will provide information... Read More

NewsCLiPs: News for Cancer Liaison Physicians
New State Chairs

State Chairs provide leadership to 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

National Cancer Data Base (NCDB)
Corrections Deadline for Cases Diagnosed in 2009, 2008 and 2003 is May 31

Analytic cancer cases diagnosed in 2004 (and modified by the registrar on or after July 1, 2005) and cases diagnosed in 2007 (and modified on or after July 1, 2008) must be submitted to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) by May 31... Read More

For Registry Upgrades: A New Metafile and a New GenEDITS Plus

Several programs are already using the new software upgrade for the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries layout version 12.1, which includes CSv02.03.  The new and changed data items in the... Read More

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.  Read More

Save-the-Date: Survey Savvy Fall 2011

Due to popular demand, we have added a fall Survey Savvy Workshop on September 15-16, 2011... Read More

New On-Demand Webinars Available in Mid-May

Visit the CoC Online Education portal and register for soon-to-be-available On-Demand Webinars. Read More

News from the American Joint Committee On Cancer (AJCC)
News from the American Joint Committee on Cancer

The American Joint Committee on Cancer hosted a meeting April 11-12 in Chicago titled Cancer Staging: From Clinical Practice to Population Surveillance.  The purpose of the meeting was... Read More

The AJCC now on YouTube

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) has just launched a YouTube channel. Read More

Hyperlinked CS Coding Instructions now available!

The Collaborative Stage (CS) Team is happy to announce that the product the registry community was been eagerly anticipating has arrived. The Coding Instructions hyperlinked to the schemas for version 02.03... Read More

AJCC to Exhibit at the NCRA

The AJCC will be hosting an exhibit at the following event: Read More

News from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
NAPBC Upcoming Educational Offerings

It’s not too late to register to attend any of the upcoming NAPBC educational offerings.  Registration will be on a first come first served basis.  Registration details are outlined below.
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NAPBC Webinar: Understanding the NAPBC Components and Standards

Join the NAPBC for a one-hour Webinar on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 10 am (EDT). Read More

NAPBC Exhibit Schedule May-June, 2011

The NAPBC will be hosting an exhibit at the following events: Read More

News from CoC Partners
News from the American College of Radiology

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has released the newest version of its Appropriateness Criteria® (ACR AC). This latest release includes 40 updated and seven new topics from various expert panels. Read More

Register for the 2011 ACOA Oncology Update Conference

The American College of Oncology Administrators (ACOA), a specialty group of the American Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA), announced that registration is now open for the 2011 ACOA Oncology Update. Read More


As Cancer Informatics gain a greater role in the day-to-day operations of cancer registries, NCRA's Informatics Committee seeks to support NCRA members and its partners by collecting and sharing information... Read More

Monthly Spotlight on Member Organizations
Monthly Spotlight: Oncology Nursing Society

The ONS is a professional organization of more than 35,000 registered nurses and other healthcare professionals committed to excellence in oncology nursing and to leading the transformation of cancer care... Read More

April 29, 2011
Upcoming Programs
Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 9:00 AM Central, Understanding the NAPBC Components and Standards

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