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Commission on Cancer Holds Annual Meetings

The 97th Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons just concluded in San Francisco with record attendance by more than 9,000 physicians.  The Commission on Cancer (CoC) held several sessions for the attendees.  Agendas and related PowerPoint presentations will be posted to the CoC Programming page of the CoC website by mid-November. 

 Read about highlights from the meetings in the CoC News section below.

National Cancer Data Base (NCDB)
What’s Next for the NCDB Call for Data?

There is one more data submission month for the 2011 NCDB submission cycle in November, before annual submissions begin in January 2012. The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) thanks registries for their vigilance in following the transition submission schedule during the past year.

Due in November: Cases diagnosed in 1999 that were modified by the registrar since July 1, 2005, and cases diagnosed in 2000 that were modified since July 1, 2006, must be submitted during November 2011, specifically by midnight (CT), the night of November 30. If these diagnosis years precede the program’s Reference Date, they are not to be submitted. Also due in November are:

  • Any cases diagnosed in 2005 and submitted in September that have outstanding data quality problems;
  • Any cases diagnosed in 2002 or 2005 (and since your Reference Date) that were rejected in September;
  • Corrections for edit problems for cases diagnosed in 2002 or earlier are appreciated, but are not required by Standard 3.6.

NCDB will be closed for submissions during the month of December to prepare for the 2012 Call for Data.

Due in January: In January, NCDB enters its new annual cycle in which all case reports are collected for the diagnosis year that ended a full year earlier, and any cases that have been updated by the registrar since they were last requested in a Call for Data. Due in January are:

  • All analytic cases diagnosed in 2010;
  • All analytic cases for diagnosis years 1985 (or the program’s Reference Date, whichever is later) through 2009 that have been added to the registry or modified since shortly prior to the respective Call for Data.

The full schedule and information about the changes in NCDB’s submission cycle are posted at The official NCDB Call for Data will be distributed as a special NCDB Flash in November.

NCDB recommends that programs follow software provider instructions to select cases for submission in 2012 rather than attempt the complex manual selection. The deadline for submitting all cases due in January is midnight (CT), the night of January 31. NCDB continues to recommend submitting cases earlier in the month if possible. Other pre-Call for Data information was published in the September CoC Flash ( 

Reminder:  The schedule for collecting only newly abstracted and changed records is based on the expectation that cases are not pulled for submission any earlier than the month preceding the respective Call for Data. If the submission files are created earlier, some changes may fail to be transmitted. If you created your submission file for cases diagnosed in 1999 or 2000 before October 1, please recreate the file before submitting it in November. Likewise, do not create your final files for submission in January until December 1 or later. Of course, you may create test files earlier to use to pre-clean your data for submission.

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October 31, 2011
In This Issue
CoC News
Commission on Cancer Holds Annual Meetings
CoC Members and Member Organization Representatives Recently Appointed
CoC Recognizes Outgoing Members and Leadership
CoC Hospital Locator: Patients Are Looking for Your Cancer Program
CoC Datalinks Access: Security and Maintenance
Applications Being Accepted - American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Surgical Oncology Scholar-in-Residence Program
Accreditation Program
Changes to the Survey Agenda
Reminder: The SAR Is Not Closing
Highlighting the 2012 Standards – Chapter 1: Program Management
NewsCLiPs: News for Cancer Liaison Physicians
Check Out the Cancer Liaison Program Website’s New Look
Congratulations State Chair Outstanding Performance Award Recipients
CLP Breakfast Meeting Webcast Available
CLP Webinar Series
American Cancer Society and the Commission on Cancer Collaborate to Support CoC-Accredited Facilities Meet 2012 Standards
National Cancer Data Base (NCDB)
What’s Next for the NCDB Call for Data?
Educational Activities
Survey Savvy Takes on Hollywood
New Webinars Now Available On-Demand
New On-Demand Webinars to Support the CoC Standards Coming Soon
News from CoC Partners
AJCC Member Organization Representatives Recently Appointed
CS Website Survey
New Collaborative Stage Videos on YouTube!
NAPBC Welcomes Radiology Organizations to the Board
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Standard 6.2 – Quality Improvement…Is Coming
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