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Survey Savvy: World Premiere of the 2012 Patient-Centered Standards
September 15-16, 2011
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa
Hollywood, CA

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The Commission on Cancer has spent nearly two years working closely with our cancer program constituents and CoC member organizations to develop a new set of patient-centered standards which will be implemented by CoC-accredited cancer programs beginning January 1, 2012.

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CoC News
Survey Savvy Registration Now Open

The Commission on Cancer has spent nearly two years working closely with our cancer program constituents and CoC member organizations to develop a new set of patient-centered standard... Read More

American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Surgical Oncology Scholar-in-Residence Program

The American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) is offering a two-year fellowship in surgical oncology outcomes and health services research beginning July 1, 2012. Read More

Demonstrate Your Support for the CoC

The mission of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation is to promote voluntary philanthropy from members and friends who support the College's goals... Read More

CoC Member Organization 2011 Poster Presentations

The CoC Member Organization Steering Committee and its Editorial Subcommittee hosted a Poster Session for select CoC member organizations at the CoC May Meetings... Read More

What’s New on the CAnswer Forum - In It to Win It! – July Winners

The CoC thanks constituents who have shared their knowledge and expertise by answering questions in the CAnswer Forum. Congratulations to our July contest winners... Read More

Got Questions? — The Most Direct Routes for a Faster Response to Your Inquiries

Have you submitted a question to the CoC only to receive a response that your e-mail has been forwarded? If yes, then you can cut out the “middle man"...

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Accreditation Program
Reminder: Annual Update – In Preparation for 2012 Standards

As part of the transition to the 2012 Standards, a new Survey Application Record (SAR) will be introduced next year, and the current SAR will eventually be phased out. Read More

Highlighting the 2012 Standards—Eligibility Requirements

The Eligibility Requirements (ER) are separated into two groups.  The first group outlines activities that provide the basic structure for CoC-accredited cancer programs.  Read More

Best Practice Repository

The CoC is rebuilding the Best Practice Repository and asks constituents to share examples of job descriptions for the Cancer Committee Chair and the Cancer Program Administrator. Read More

Preparing for Accreditation Survey – FREE Webinar

The CoC is now offering a free Webinar called "Preparing for Your CoC Survey" to assist cancer programs with preparation for the accreditation survey. Read More

NewsCLiPs: News for Cancer Liaison Physicians
CLP Webinar Series Now Available

Cancer Liaison Physicians (CLPs) should all have received a communication from the CoC on the Webinar series that must be completed by January 1, 2012 on the new CLP role... Read More

Cancer Liaison Physician Communication on New Role

The CoC sent a mailing on July 25 to all Cancer Liaison Physicians (CLPs) to provide them with basic information about their new role per Standard 4.3... Read More

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... Read More

National Cancer Data Base (NCDB)
NCDB Data Included in National Healthcare Quality Report

Data from the National Cancer Data Base has been included in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s “National Healthcare Quality Report”... Read More

Are You Up-to-Date on Your NCDB Submissions This Year?

The “National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) Data Submissions Reports for 2011” in CoC Datalinks provide a wealth of information for tracking this year’s NCDB submissions. Read More

Next Steps for NCDB Submissions

The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) submissions window will close at midnight (CT) the night of July 31, and will reopen on September 1.  Read More

Have You Upgraded Your Cancer Registry Software Recently?

Registry software providers are rolling out the new upgrades, which are described variously  by the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) layout version 12.1... Read More

Educational Activities
RQRS Webinar Available Now On-Demand

The following Webinar is now available for viewing On-Demand. Move to the Fast Track: Getting your Cancer Program Ready for the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) Read More

New On-Demand Webinars Coming Soon

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)
The AJCC Now on YouTube

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) has launched its YouTube channel so be sure to check out the videos available. Read More

AJCC Webinars Still Available

The AJCC created a series of Webinars based on the AJCC 7th Edition Staging Manual that were released throughout 2010. Five of these Webinars are still available for viewing... Read More

CS FAQ Document with Known Issue for v02.03

The Collaborative Stage (CS) Team is preparing for the next release of CS in Fall 2011. In the meantime, the CS team has developed a known issue document... Read More

News from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation Workshop – November 18, 2011

Mark your calendar once again! The NAPBC is organizing a full-day workshop, Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation, to be held at the American College of Surgeons headquarters... Read More

NAPBC Components and Standards Webinar Offered On-Demand

The NAPBC Webinar—NAPBC Components and Standards—is now available as an on-demand recording. This 60-minute Webinar provides a comprehensive overview... Read More

News from CoC Partners
National Patient Navigator Leadership Summit

Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, has published a supplement that represents presentations and discussions from the “National Patient Navigator Leadership Summit”... Read More

A New Strategy for Breast Conserving Surgery (BCS) in Locally Advanced ER + Breast Cancer (LABC): Results of ACOSOG Z1031

Preoperative systemic chemotherapy has often been recommended for LABC in order to increase BCS rates.  A recent publication in the Journal of Clinical Oncology... Read More


Webinar topics will focus on the most challenging primary sites—lung, colon, prostate, head, neck and ovary. Each 90-minute Webinar offers an overview of the topic area... Read More

Monthly Spotlight on Member Organizations
Monthly Spotlight: American Dietetic Association

The ADA is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics... Read More

Monthly Spotlight: American Hospital Association

The AHA is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals... Read More

Monthly Spotlight: Cancer Support Community

The CSC is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer.  Read More

Monthly Spotlight: Society for Gynecologic Oncology

Led by 2011 President, John P. Curtin, MD, SGO is a national medical specialty organization of physicians who are trained in the comprehensive management of women with malignancies of the reproductive tract.  Read More

July 29, 2011
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