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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.

CoC News
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.
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CoC Members and Member Organization Representatives Recently Appointed

The CoC welcomes the following individuals who were appointed to membership during the 2011 annual meeting, which was held on October 23,  in San Francisco, CA. Read More

CoC Recognizes Outgoing Members and Leadership

The CoC recognizes the following departing members for their distinguished contributions to the work of the Commission: Read More

CoC Hospital Locator: Patients Are Looking for Your Cancer Program

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) Hospital Locator is a tool patients are using to find your cancer program. The information available via the locator tool... 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... 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

Accreditation Program
Changes to the Survey Agenda

Starting in 2012, the CoC survey agenda will have some changes and enhancements based on feedback provided by our accredited cancer programs and surveyor team. Read More

Reminder: The SAR Is Not Closing

Reminder: The Survey Application Record (SAR) will NOT close on October 31, 2011. This is the end date for accredited programs to complete their SAR... Read More

Highlighting the 2012 Standards – Chapter 1: Program Management

The 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, responsibilities... Read More

NewsCLiPs: News for Cancer Liaison Physicians
Check Out the Cancer Liaison Program Website’s New Look

If you’ve visited the Cancer Liaison Program website recently, you have no doubt noticed some changes. The website has been redesigned to be more informational... Read More

Congratulations State Chair Outstanding Performance Award Recipients

Each year, the CoC Committee on Cancer Liaison distributes up to three Outstanding Performance Award to State Chairs who have exhibited outstanding leadership and innovation... Read More

CLP Breakfast Meeting Webcast Available

A webcast of the CLP Breakfast Meeting on October 24, 2011 in San Francisco is now posted on the CoC home page in the “News and Updates” box... Read More

CLP Webinar Series

The Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) webinar series consists of five webinars. The next few issues of the CoC Flash will feature descriptions of each webinar. Read More

American Cancer Society and the Commission on Cancer Collaborate to Support CoC-Accredited Facilities Meet 2012 Standards

As a key collaborator with the CoC, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is seeking to enhance its ability to support the 2012 Cancer Program Standards. Read More

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. Read More

Educational Activities
Survey Savvy Takes on Hollywood

In mid-September, the Commission on Cancer hosted more than 200 participants at the “World Premier of the 2012 Patient-Centered Standards,” the Survey Savvy workshop... Read More

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
AJCC Member Organization Representatives Recently Appointed

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC)  welcomes the following individuals who were appointed to membership during the 2011 annual meeting... Read More

CS Website Survey

The Collaborative Stage (CS) team is planning a redesign of the CS website. We are seeking input from users of the CS website to ensure that the new version... Read More

New Collaborative Stage Videos on YouTube!

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) announced the launching of its YouTube channel last spring. Recently, two new videos have been added on... Read More

NAPBC Welcomes Radiology Organizations to the Board

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) warmly welcomes the following radiology-based organizations to the NAPBC Board: Read More

Standard Changes on the Horizon for 2012

The NAPBC Standards and Accreditation Committee has reviewed two standards and proposed changes to the following: Read More

Standard 6.2 – Quality Improvement…Is Coming

The NAPBC Quality Improvement and Information Technology Committee has proposed the development of a new standard that will require aggregate data reporting... Read More

NAPBC Ad Campaign Emphasizes Multidisciplinary Care

NAPBC kicked off its 2011–2012 ad campaign during Breast Cancer Awareness month (October) this year. Watch for the NAPBC ad in the following journals: Read More

NAPBC Exhibit Schedule

The NAPBC is scheduled to exhibit at the following national meetings:
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NAPBC Partners with the National Consortium of Breast Centers

Quality care has become the new definition of value in health care. Initiatives to assess quality care exist for breast centers as a program and for each clinical discipline. Read More

National Partners for Comprehensive Cancer Control Policy Workshop

The National Partners for Comprehensive Cancer Control, of which the CoC is a partner, held a national State and Tribe/Tribal Organization Comprehensive Cancer Control Policy Workshop... Read More

Great American Smokeout - 2011

Tobacco use is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the United States, resulting in an estimated 443,000 premature deaths each year. Approximately half of... Read More

New Web Site Launched for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Patients

The Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) has launched a new patient-focused Web site,, to provide patients with information about nuclear medicine and molecular imaging... Read More

SEER Releases New United States Cancer Mortality Data, Cancer Statistics Review 2011

The SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2008 (CSR), published by NCI’s Surveillance Research Program, was updated on October 20, 2011 to include... Read More

Attend the Event in Hospice and Palliative Care

The Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association on March 7-10, 2012 in Denver, CO. Read More


In this first of three webinars dedicated to ICD-10-CM, presenter Jennifer Ruhl, RHIT, CTR, will cover the update to ICD-10-CM and its impact on the job tasks of the cancer registrar. Read More

Monthly Spotlight
Monthly Spotlight: American Medical Association

In July 2011, the AMA named James L. Madara, MD, as its new executive vice president and chief executive officer.  "The American Medical Association... Read More

Monthly Spotlight: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Founded in 1964, the STS is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 6,300 surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide... Read More

News of Interest
Cancer Disparities: Causes and Evidence-Based Solutions Now Available

Springer Publishing Company is pleased to announce the October 2011 publication of:
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October 31, 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
Preparing for Your CoC Survey

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