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Announcing Release of the New Commission on Cancer Standards for Accreditation

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) announces the formal release of the Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care.  You should have received a special issue of the CoC Flash officially announcing the release.  This publication is the culmination of more than two years of work by a group of dedicated individuals that include staff of the Accreditation Program at the CoC, including Connie Bura, Asa Carter and her team, Andrew Stewart, and David P. Winchester, MD, FACS.  In addition, while it is impossible to list all those who worked on this project, key volunteers in the development of the standards include the project co-chairs, Frederick Greene, MD, FACS, and Diana Dickson-Witmer, MD, FACS, the respective workgroups chairs, vice-chairs and members, and Daniel McKellar, MD, FACS, and Robert Flanigan, MD, FACS, chair and vice-chair of the Accreditation Committee.

Ultimately, we express our gratitude to the accredited cancer programs for  the feedback they provided throughout the development process.  Thanks to all for your commitment to this project.  These standards, scheduled for implementation in 2012, ensure that key elements of quality cancer care are provided to every cancer patient treated in a CoC-accredited facility throughout diagnosis and treatment, including psychosocial support, care for cancer-related pain, palliative care, and hospice care.  These standards challenge cancer programs to enhance the care they provide by addressing patient-centered needs and measuring the quality of the care they deliver against national standards.  Both areas are critical components of quality cancer care.

Information about the standards, including soon-to-be-released resources to support them, can be found on the CoC website at, where you can also download a PDF copy or order additional hard copies of the standards.

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CoC Datalinks Access: Security and Maintenance

CoC Datalinks is a central repository for maintaining CoC-accredited cancer program data and information. This password-protected portion of the CoC website enables staff at CoC-accredited programs to access, provide, and utilize facility-specific information and data.

Designated staff persons in the following roles at accredited facilities have access to the CoC Datalinks portal:

  • Cancer Committee Chair
  • Cancer Liaison Physician
  • Cancer Program Administrator
  • Hospital Registrar

Facility staff in the roles above can request access for additional staff in the following roles:

  • Hospital CoRegistrar
  • Datalinks Contact
  • NCDB Tools User

Access to CoC Datalinks is granted per individual, and the ID and Password combination to CoC Datalinks is an individual identifier, NOT a facility-wide access log-in.  Each staff person in one of the roles listed above has a unique log-in to access the CoC Datalinks portal. 

For security purposes and to protect facility data, User IDs and Passwords are not to be shared. The CoC is not responsible for the unauthorized release or sharing of log-in information and data by any CoC Datalinks user.

For the security of your facility, it is important to ensure that the information listed in the Facility and Staff Contacts section of CoC Datalinks is current and accurate as it directly correlates with the CoC Datalinks access roles. Log into CoC Datalinks and select the Facility and Staff Contacts application from the Activity Menu to review and update CoC Datalinks users at your facility. If you want to add additional CoC Datalinks users not already listed in the Facility and Staff Contacts section, complete and submit the CoC Datalinks User Request Form located on the CoC Datalinks log-in page.

Important notes about updating CoC Datalinks users:

  1. Datalinks Contact and NCDB Tools User roles are not listed in the Facility and Staff Contacts section of CoC Datalinks. E-mail to obtain a full listing for your facility.

  2. In the event of the termination of a user, it is the responsibility of the user or cancer program leadership to contact the CoC at so that the user can be inactivated. Note that when you update contact information for the facility or staff in CoC Datalinks, the CoC internal records are not immediately updated. E-mail with all staff changes.

  3. “Primary Contact Person” in the Facility and Staff Contacts application is not an access role.  This field is only used for survey notification and surveyor contact.

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