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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.

CoC News
“Use of Radioactive Iodine for Thyroid Cancer” Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 306, No. 7, Aug. 17, 2011

In this recently published study, researchers looked at data from 189,219 patients diagnosed with thyroid cancer between 1990 and 2008, as reported to the National Cancer Data Base... Read More

Rapid Quality Reporting System: Enrollment Starts September 19

Following extensive development and testing with seven Alpha test programs and 65 Beta test sites, the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) is ready for expansion to all CoC accredited programs. Read More

Applications Being Accepted - 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

You Can Still Register for Survey Savvy!

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

ProvenCare® Lung Cancer Collaborative Update

Data collection for the ProvenCare® Lung Cancer Collaborative was initiated on July 1, 2010 with six CoC-accredited facilities... Read More

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...

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Accreditation Program
Annual Update Period Extended

As part of the transition to the 2012 Standards, a new Survey Application Record (SAR) will be introduced next year to retain a historical record of program activity... Read More

Highlighting the 2012 Standards—Eligibility Requirements

The second group of eligibility requirements focuses on the clinical services that are provided.  These range from diagnostic imaging and radiation and systemic treatment... Read More

NewsCLiPs: News for Cancer Liaison Physicians
Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Awards

Each year the Cancer Liaison Program presents the Outstanding Performance Award to Cancer Liaison Physicians (CLPs) who go above and beyond the scope of their duties. Read More

Cancer Liaison Physician Breakfast Meeting at Clinical Congress to Be Videotaped

This year’s Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) Breakfast Meeting will be held on Monday, October 24, 2011, at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel, from 7-8:45 am. Read More

Revised State Chair Toolkit Now Available

The revised State Chair Toolkit reflects the new role of the State Chair and contains other updated information and resources. Hard copies will be mailed... Read More

CLP Webinar Series

The Cancer Liaison Physician webinar series consists of five webinars, including an orientation. The next few issues of the CoC Flash will feature descriptions... Read More

New State Chairs

State Chairs provide leadership to the 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)
A Precautionary Tale of an Edit: Date of First Course of Treatment and Treatment Status

The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) works closely with other cancer registry standard setters. An example of that cooperation involves an edit that affects cases... Read More

NCDB September Submissions

Remember your September National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) deadlines! Analytic cases diagnosed during 2005 that were added or updated on or after July 1, 2006... Read More

Educational Activities
New Webinars Now Available On-Demand

The following webinars are now available for viewing On-Demand.
Visit the CoC Online Education Portal and register today to view these webinars.
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New On-Demand Webinars to Support the New CoC Standards Coming Soon

These titles will be added to the On-Demand registration page soon.  Read More

News from the American Joint Committee On Cancer (AJCC)
AJCC Update: Letter from the Chair of the AJCC

The AJCC is in full transformation at all levels. The first critical step forward was taken in April with a two-day retreat led by a talented facilitator. Read More

AJCC Website Survey

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) is beginning the redesign of  its website, working to improve the aesthetics along with the navigation, content, and functionality of the website. Read More

A Fond Farewell to Dr. Irvin Fleming

The AJCC is saddened to announce the passing of Irvin Durant Fleming, MD, FACS, on August 8, 2011. Dr. Fleming was a prominent physician, surgical oncologist... 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

Collaborative Stage Reliability Study - Mark your Calendars!

Make your plans now to participate in the Collaborative Stage Reliability Study. Read More

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

Mark your calendar! The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) has organized a full-day workshop, Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation... 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

NAPBC Exhibit Schedule – Fall 2011

The NAPBC will host an exhibit at the following meetings: Read More

News from CoC Partners
SGO Releases Report on Women’s Cancer Research Priorities for Next Decade

In conjunction with Gynecologic Cancer Awareness month in September, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) will release a comprehensive research report titled... Read More

Pfizer Launches Cancer: It’s Personal

Pfizer Oncology has recently introduced Cancer: It’s Personal, a program designed to educate people with cancer, their caregivers and healthcare professionals... Read More


Share your expertise with your colleagues at NCRA’s 38th Annual Educational Conference, April 18-21, 2012, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in Washington, DC. Read More

Monthly Spotlight on Member Organizations
Monthly Spotlight: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

ACOG and its 56,000 obstetrician-gynecologists and other partners in women’s health care are dedicated to the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer and other conditions... Read More

American Urological Association

The AUA promotes the highest standards of urological clinical care through education, research, and in the formulation of health care policy. Read More

The American Academy of Pediatrics

The AAP is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well- being of infants... Read More

The American Pediatric Surgery Association

The APSA is an organization dedicated to ensuring optimal pediatric surgical care of patients and their families, and to promoting excellence in the field of pediatric surgery.  Read More


LIVESTRONG fights for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today LIVESTRONG feels there can be - and should be - life after cancer for more people. Read More

August 31, 2011
Upcoming Programs
Survey Savvy, Sept 15-16, 2011
Hollywood, CA
Space Still Available 

New On-Demand Webinars
Move to the Fast Track: Getting your Cancer Program Ready for the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS)

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) Cancer Protocols: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

New Free Webinar
Preparing for Your CoC Survey

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