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Best Wishes for a fantastic 2012! 



CoC News
CoC Welcomes New Member Organizations

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) announces the appointment of the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) and the National Accreditation Program... Read More

Review Recent Updates on CoC Activities

The meetings of the Commission on Cancer (CoC) were held in October in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.  Read More

CoC Standards Featured in National Cancer Institute Research to Reality Cyber Seminar Series

Ensuring the Delivery of Patient-Centered Cancer Care is the topic being presented as part of the National Cancer Institute’s Research to Reality (R2R) cyber-seminar series... Read More

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the National Cancer Act

Senate Bill 1828, which was enacted on December 23, 1971,  strengthened the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to conduct a national effort against cancer. Read More

American College of Surgeons Advocacy Summit - March 26-27 in Washington, DC

Interested surgeons who have a unique perspective on how federal legislation will impact the way they practice medicine and treat patients should consider attending... Read More

CoC Communications Targeted to CoC-Accredited Cancer Programs

Between now and the January 2012 issue of the CoC Flash, colleagues in CoC-accredited cancer programs should be on the lookout for special issues of the CoC Flash... Read More

Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership

Comprehensive cancer control (CCC) is a systematic approach for maximizing resources, reducing duplication of effort, and focusing on evidence-based interventions... Read More

Accreditation Program
Status of the Survey Application Record (SAR)

Thank you to all the  members who participated and completed their annual update activities in the Survey Application Record (SAR) this year. Read More

Highlighting the 2012 Standards Chapter 1: Program Management

After exploring 9 standards in the Program Management chapter, 3 standards remain to complete the first chapter in the new manual.  The final standards... Read More

NewsCLiPs: News for Cancer Liaison Physicians
Cancer Liaison Physician Terms Expiring January 1, 2012

Cancer Liaison Physicians (CLPs) serve a three-year term and are eligible to serve an unlimited number of terms based on performance and evaluation data... Read More

Cancer Liaison Physician Appointments

Have you ever wondered what happens when you submit a Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) application? Read More

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) Role

How long does my CLP have to participate in the webinar series?
Your CLP will have three months to complete the orientation webinar... Read More

Cancer Liaison Physicians in non-CoC Accredited Programs

In an effort to enhance its outreach to Cancer Liaison Physicians (CLPs) in non-CoC-accredited cancer programs, the Cancer Liaison Program... Read More

E-mail Address for Cancer Liaison Physicians

ATTENTION CLPs! If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, you can now send them to Please allow 24 hours for a response. Read More

National Cancer Data Base
Join the 15 Percent!

Nearly 15 percent of CoC-accredited cancer programs have chosen to adopt the CoC’s newest reporting and quality improvement tool, the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS)... Read More

NCDB Call for Data for 2012 is Announced

A letter from Dr. Christopher Pezzi, Chair of the Commission on Cancer Quality Integration Committee, will be sent out shortly in the form of an NCDB Flash to... Read More

Educational Activities
Now Available: New On-Demand Webinars to Support the CoC Standards

We are excited to launch our new On-Demand Webinar Series in support of the Cancer Program Standards 2012. You can purchase these new webinars for the low introductory rate... Read More

Survey Savvy Update

Registration for Survey Savvy will be opening shortly. We will send out a special CoC Flash to let everyone know when it does. Read More

News from CoC Partners
Collaborative Stage Data Collection System

The Collaborative Stage (CS) Data Collection System workgroups announce the availability of the production release for version 02.04 of the Collaborative Stage System. Read More

CS Website Survey Closes on December 15

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

The AJCC and CS on YouTube

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) has launched its YouTube channel which contains educational videos on various AJCC and Collaborative Stage (CS) topics. Read More

NAPBC Board Approves Standard 6.2 Quality Improvement

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) Board unanimously approved Standard 6.2 – Quality Improvement. This standard will require reporting... Read More

NAPBC Exhibit Schedule

The NAPBC is scheduled to exhibit at the following national meetings: Read More

NAPBC Partners with the National Consortium of Breast Centers

Quality care now defines value in health care.  Initiatives to assess quality care exist for breast centers as a program and for each clinical discipline.  Read More

NCI to Host Fifth Annual Biospecimen Research Network Symposium

Registration is now open for the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Annual Biospecimen Research Network Symposium, "Advancing Cancer Research through Biospecimen Science,"... Read More


The National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) was awarded a $1 million, five-year cooperative agreement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)... Read More

Monthly Spotlight
Monthly Spotlight: American Radium Society

Founded in 1916, the American Radium Society is the oldest society devoted the study and treatment of cancer. As a multidisciplinary organization, members include... Read More

Monthly Spotlight: American Society for Radiation Oncology

ASTRO is the premier organization for radiation oncologists and members of the radiation oncology treatment team. Founded in 1958 as a club, ASTRO now boasts... Read More

Monthly Spotlight: Association of American Cancer Institutes

The AACI represents 95 of the premier academic and free-standing cancer research centers in the United States and is dedicated to aiding its members'... Read More

Monthly Spotlight: Association of Cancer Executives

The ACE is a national organization dedicated to the professional development of oncology executives through continuing education and professional networking... Read More

News of Interest
SNM Launches Website for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Patients

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

December 8, 2011
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