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Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS): Open For Enrollment The CoC released the Rapid Quality Reporting System, a tool to facilitate the delivery of quality cancer care for all CoC-accredited cancer programs, on September 19. Enrollment is open, and use of RQRS is voluntary.

RQRS is a proactive tool that works to keep patients visible in what can sometimes be a large and complicated cancer care treatment network. RQRS is the first national system for any disease that tracks care over time, thus ensuring that patients can get the required care they need, when they need it. RQRS operates in “real clinical time,” enabling cancer centers and their physicians to get feedback from the NCDB on cases while they are actively under treatment. Previously such reporting and feedback tools have required up to two years before information could be delivered to a cancer patient's interdisciplinary cancer team.

Read the full article in the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) section.

CoC News
CoC Sessions at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress

Join the CoC at the 97th Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA, October 23-27, 2011, and participate in the many meetings and events that are planned. Read More

Surgeons in the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology

The American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG), and Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB)... Read More

Dr. Sachdeva Honored with Margaret Hay Edwards Achievement Medal

During the 2011 International Cancer Education Conference, September 8-10, in Buffalo, NY, Ajit Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, the Director of the American College of Surgeons... Read More

Congratulations to James Hamilton Jr., MD, FACS

The American College of Surgeons recently presented the Ellenberger Award for Excellence in State Advocacy to James Hamilton, Jr., MD, FACS. 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

CoC to Exhibit at the AHIMA

The CoC will host an exhibit at the American Health Information Management Association Convention and Exhibit, October 2-5, 2011, at the Salt Palace Convention Center...

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Accreditation Program
Annual Update Period Last Call

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.
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New Best Practices Repository Cancer Program Standards 2012

To coincide with the recent release of the Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care, the CoC would like to announce the launch of the newly designed... Read More

Highlighting the 2012 Standards Chapter 1: Program Management

The facility’s cancer committee is the primary leadership body for the cancer program. For that reason, the first chapter of the 2012 standards focuses on the roles... Read More

NewsCLiPs: News for Cancer Liaison Physicians
CLP Webinar Series

The Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) webinar series consists of five online presentations, including an orientation. The next few issues of the CoC Flash... Read More


The August CoC Flash contained recognition of Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award recipients. The facility named for recipient Michael Rotkis... 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)
Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS): Open For Enrollment

The CoC released the Rapid Quality Reporting System, a tool to facilitate the delivery of quality cancer care for all CoC-accredited cancer programs, on September 19. Read More

You Wanted a Reminder 2011 NCDB Call for Data

September 2011 NCDB submissions will end at midnight (CT) the night of Friday, September 30. All analytic cases diagnosed in 2005 and updated by the registrar on or after July 1, 2006... Read More

Three Things You Need to Know Now About NCDB Data Submissions in 2012

Initial 2012 National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) data submissions are due in January. There are three aspects of that submission that programs need to know. Read More

SEER Posts Multiple Primary/Histology Revision to the Multiplicity Counter Code

The Multiple Primary Histology and Coding Rules manual has been updated to include the revised codes for Multiplicity Counter. 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 CoC Standards Coming Soon

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

News from CoC Partners
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

Announcement from the Collaborative Stage (CS) Management Team

The Collaborative Stage Management Team is committed to quality and improving the functionality of CS.  In response to welcomed input and our own internal reviews... Read More

Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation Workshop November 18, 2011

Registration is now OPEN for the National Accreditation Program for Breast Center (NAPBC) workshop, Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation... Read More

NAPBC Exhibit Schedule Fall 2011

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

Springer Publishing Announces Cancer Disparities Book for October 2011

Cancer is not randomly distributed in the United States. Its incidence varies by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other geographic and demographic factors. Read More

LIVESTRONG Survivorship Leadership Training Institute - October 20-21

The LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network (Network) was established in 2005 to advance survivorship care and improve the health and quality of life... Read More

SEER Posts Revised Manuals for 2011 Cases

The 2011 edition of the SEER manual is now available on the SEER website at Read More


The National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) has designed a series of webinars to meet the educational and professional development needs of cancer registrars. Read More

News of Interest
NSABP B-43: A novel and provocative trial targeting HER2-positive DCIS

Historically DCIS has been treated with mastectomy or lumpectomy with or without tamoxifen for ER-positive disease. With a large proportion of DCIS being ER negative... Read More

Surgical Oncology Melamona Fellowship - Applications being Accepted

The Center for Melanoma Treatment and Research of Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation at California Pacific Medical Center has established a surgical oncology melanoma fellowship program. Read More

National Recognition for Breast Centers of Excellence: Service Line Optimization Course - March 2012

Quality care has become the new definition of value in healthcare.  Incorporating quality assessment into the operations of a breast center requires special attention... Read More

September 30, 2011
Upcoming Programs
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
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