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Special Message to CoC-Accredited Cancer Programs

On behalf of the Commission on Cancer (CoC) membership and staff, I would like to express my appreciation to all CoC-accredited cancer programs for their continued commitment and dedication to providing quality cancer care to your patients.  As 2011 was a transitional year for the CoC with the release of its new standards for accreditation and the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS), 2012 will focus on the CoC’s need to support our accredited programs as they begin to implement the new standards and incorporate them into cancer program operations.  The CoC staff stands ready to provide the level of customer service our programs expect and deserve in order to ensure their continued success.  A series of webinars addressing the new standards were released in December 2011 and Survey Savvy workshops will continue in 2012.  The CoC staff continues to populate the Best Practices Repository with real-life implementation strategies for specific standards as identified by our surveyors and submitted by our programs.  These best practices are augmented by additional tools and resources identified through the CoC’s partner organizations and others. 

The 2011 CoC Year in Review will be mailed in February to Cancer Liaison Physicians in CoC-accredited cancer programs, and to CoC members, state chairs, surveyors, consultants, and CoC partner organizations.  The publication highlights accomplishments and initiatives from the past year and includes a month-by-month retrospective review of the programs and services provided by the CoC to improve the quality of cancer care at the national, state, and local levels.  A downloadable version will be available from the CoC website by mid-February.  Please check the CoC News section of the website and download a copy to distribute to colleagues and cancer program staff.

As we reflect on the past year, we also need to look to the future.  In mid-February the leadership of the CoC will be gathering in Chicago to define priorities for the next 12-18 months.  Many of the challenges the CoC is facing in the coming year include:

  • Defining strategies to improve the performance and data accuracy of CoC-accredited cancer programs
  • Increasing participation in the CoC with a focus on capturing the 30% of patients not currently being treated in a CoC-accredited cancer program
  • Improving the clinical utility of the National Cancer Data Base and increasing external utilization
  • Improving the technology, operations, and reporting capabilities of the National Cancer Data
  • And last but certainly not least, impanel a high level workgroup to critically examine the value of CoC accreditation and determine if there are opportunities to further increase the value we bring to our programs, government agencies, payers, and ultimately our patients

It will be our priority to keep you apprised of our efforts.  As always, we welcome comments and suggestions and encourage feedback from our programs.  Please contact us anytime at 312-202-5085 or via email at  Thank you for all you do!

Stephen B. Edge, MD, FACS
Chair, Commission on Cancer
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY

CoC News
Time to Update the Facility Information Profile System (FIPS) Level I Data!

It is time for facility staff to review and update the Facility Information Profile System (FIPS) Level I data fields for 2012.  The CoC suggests facilities... Read More

Accreditation Program
Welcome to 2012! Time to Implement the New Commission on Cancer Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care

Since we are approaching the end of January, all CoC-accredited programs will have downloaded or purchased a copy of Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care... Read More

Best Practice Repository Cancer Program Standards 2012

Have you seen the Best Practice Repository 2012 lately?  We have worked diligently to develop, review, and post examples and resources to help cancer programs... Read More

Highlighting the 2012 Standards Chapter 2: Clinical Services

Clinical services chapter is a group of standards that illustrate both structure and services needed to ensure that high quality care is provided to patients with cancer.  Read More

NewsCLiPs: News for Cancer Liaison Physicians
Cancer Liaison Physician New Role Now Effective

New Standard 4.3, Cancer Liaison Physician Responsibilities, is now effective. Standard 4.3 provides that the primary responsibility of the Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP)... Read More

Letter to Cancer Liaison Physicians from Dr. Phil Roland

Dear Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP),
You’ve likely heard about recent concerns related to National Cancer Database (NCDB) reports.  Specifically... Read More

CLP Webinar Series

The Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) webinar series consists of five webinars. The last few issues of the CoC Flash featured descriptions of the first three webinars. Read More

2012 Cancer Program Standards Overview Slide Set Now Available

A slide set that provides a broad overview of the 2012 Cancer Program Standards is now available on the Cancer Liaison Physician Information Board. CLPs can use the slide set...

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National Cancer Data Base
Are You Reporting Surgical Procedures Accurately?

Often patients will undergo two or more surgical procedures to remove their cancer.  In this situation, the information submitted to CoC and to state and regional central registries... Read More

RQRS Workshop - March 7, 2012

Are you considering joining the other 250 CoC accredited programs enrolled in RQRS? Are you a new RQRS participant with questions on how to effectively use the system within your cancer program? Read More

Educational Activities
Survey Savvy Workshop - Register Now!

Are you due for survey in 2012 or 2013 and have unanswered questions on the new standards? Are you looking for clarification and best practice examples? Then this Survey Savvy workshop is for you! Read More

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

News from CoC Partners

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) has developed a series of PowerPoint presentations called Staging Moments that present case-based scenarios... Read More


NAPBC Standard 6.2 – Quality Improvement will require reporting annual aggregate performance levels for six measures that have been identified by the... Read More

American Cancer Society News

Cancer Facts and Figures provides a concise summary of frequently used cancer statistics, including the widely cited estimated numbers of new cancer cases and deaths... Read More


The National Cancer Registrars Association’s (NCRA) Annual Education Conference will be held April 18-21, 2012, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, DC. Read More

SSO Will Sponsor Cancer Symposium, March 21-24, in Orlando, FL

The Society of Surgical Oncology will hold its 2012 annual cancer symposium, March 21-24, at the Orlando World Center Marriott, in Orlando, FL. Symposia topics will include... Read More

Executive Training on Navigation and Survivorship Planned

Precourse Webinar, March 5, 2012
Executive Training, March 19-20, 2012
The George Washington University, Washington, DC Read More

American College of Radiology Updates Appropriateness Criteria

The American College of Radiology has released the newest version of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® (ACR AC), which includes 33 updated topics and one new topic... Read More

Monthly Spotlight
Monthly Spotlight: College of American Pathologists

CAP is the principal organization of board-certified pathologists that serves and represents the interests of patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering excellence... Read More

News of Interest
ACCC Releases Patient Assistance Guide

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has released its 2012 Patient Assistance and Reimbursement Guide, which brings together information... Read More

January 31, 2012
Upcoming Programs
Current On-Demand Webinars
Cancer Clinical Trials

Cancer Program Standards 2012 Chapter 1: Focus on Roles and Responsibilities of the Cancer Committee

Eligibility Requirements: The Cancer Committee's Role in Evaluation and Reporting

2012 and Beyond: The Survey Process

Studies of Quality and Quality Improvements

Quality of Patient Care: New CoC Standards

Important Accreditation Facts: New Program Categories, Accreditation Awards, and the OAA

Cancer Program Standards 2012 Continuum of Care Services: Focus on Survivorship Care Plans

Assuring a High-Quality Registry to Support Patient-Centered Care

Cancer Program Standards 2012 Continuum of Care Services: Focus on Psychosocial Distress Screening, Tools and Resources

Cancer Program Standards 2012: Clinical Services: Focus on Palliative Care Services

Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetic Testing

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) Cancer Protocols: Where Weve Been and Where Were Going

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