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Update: American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program
Last year the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, North Central Cancer Treatment Group, and the Cancer and Leukemia Group B merged to form a new National Cancer Institute-funded cooperative group, the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (Alliance). Surgeons involved in cancer clinical trials and those interested in becoming involved in playing a more active role in the new Alliance are encouraged to visit the Alliance website to learn more about the new group at

The Alliance has five components including a new program component called the American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program (ACS CRP).  The vision of the ACS CRP is to reduce the impact of cancer by validating and disseminating effective strategies for the prevention and treatment of cancer.  Program participants plan to achieve their mission by increasing surgeon participation in the Alliance and by increasing meaningful interactions between the Alliance, the American College of Surgeons, and its Cancer Programs.  Four committees have been formed to support the ACS CRP. They include the Member Services Committee, the Cancer Care Standards Development Committee, the Education Committee, and the Research and Development Committee.

Beginning with the February 2012 issue, the ACS CRP has posted monthly articles in the American College of Surgeons Bulletin that highlight ACS CRP activities and results of selected Alliance clinical trials. Upcoming articles will discuss the dilemma of occult metastases in sentinel lymph nodes in the breast cancer patient; describe a new Alliance clinical trial known as PROSPECT: Preoperative Radiation or Selective Preoperative Radiation and Evaluation before Chemotherapy, total mesorectal excision; an update on Alliance urology trials; and a recently activated Alliance study on ductal carcinoma in situ. Issues of the Bulletin can be viewed online at

CoC News
CoC in the News

There have been several articles published in recent journals and publications highlighting the work of the Commission on Cancer (CoC).  The articles reference... Read More

New CoC Brochure Available

The CoC has created a new brochure, “Improving Cancer Care through CoC Accreditation”, detailing the benefits of, and quality reporting tools for, CoC-accredited cancer programs. Read More

CoC Exhibits

The CoC is scheduled to exhibit at the following national meetings. Read More

Accreditation Program
Compendium of 2012 Cancer Program Standards

The CoC Flash has been publishing a series of articles each month that highlight important information about each standard and the eligibility requirements. Read More

Change is Coming to Survey Application Record

The current Survey Application Record (SAR), available to all CoC-accredited cancer programs, includes cancer program activity and documentation for 2009, 2010, and 2011.
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CAnswer Forum Monthly Highlight: Thread Tools

Our goal for these articles is to make the CAnswer Forum user aware of the many helpful functions of the system.  This month we are highlighting Thread Tools.  What are thread tools?  Read More

Highlighting the 2012 Standards Chapter 4: Patients Outcomes

The new patient outcomes chapter has grown to include new standards that enhance patient centered functions and define performance criteria in quality measurement and outcomes. Read More

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

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 collected at the time of survey. Read More

Cancer Liaison Physician Webinar Series

If you haven’t done so already, please be sure to view the five-part webinar series that has been developed to help you in your role as CLP. These webinars provide information... Read More

Save the Date

October 1, 2012
Cancer Liaison Physician Breakfast Read More

National Cancer Data Base
Three Important NCDB Edits Announced

Two edits used in the recent NCDB Call for Data cycle were discovered to yield erroneous error messages for specific rare circumstances.  The problem edits and their resolutions... Read More

RQRS Now in CAnswer Forum

Have a question about RQRS and wondering where to find the answer?  An RQRS Forum is now available in the CAnswer Forum to allow both current users and non-users... Read More

FORDS: Revised for 2012, Version B Posted

Shortly after the announcement that FORDS: Revised for 2012 was available, a revision was posted that corrected two major errors.  Registries that downloaded FORDS for 2012a.pdf... Read More

CS and FORDS Grade Codes: Special Note for Abstractors

FORDS: Revised for 2012 offers the opportunity for CoC accredited programs to code grade in the Grade Path System (NAACCR Item #449) and Grade Path Value (NAACCR Item #441) items... Read More

Swimming with the FINs

In registry jargon, a FIN is a “Facility Identification Number”.  It is the key to communicating to NCDB which hospital’s case is reported in a file record. Read More

Educational Activities
Take Advantage of CoC Webinars to Ensure Compliance with the New 2012 Patient-Centered Standards

Are you making the transition to the 2012 standards?  Are you struggling with where to begin and how to delegate responsibilities?  We recommend that you view... Read More

News from CoC Partners

Five new videos were recently added to the AJCC YouTube Channel.  The five CS Moments presentations focus on the often confusing topic of coding Neoadjuvant Therapy... Read More


 The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) has scheduled another workshop, Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation, which will be held... Read More


The Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR®) credential demonstrates a requisite knowledge and professional competence needed within the cancer registry. The credential is nationally recognized... Read More

Register TODAY - American College of Oncology Administrators (ACOA) Oncology Annual Update Conference

June 20 – 22, 2012 – American College of Surgeons headquarters in Chicago, IL Read More

NCCN Collaboration to Develop Enlightened Cancer-Related Employer Benefits

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is partnering with the National Business Group on Health on a three-year project to develop An Employer’s Guide... Read More

Monthly Spotlight
Monthly Spotlight: Oncology Nursing Society

The ONS is a professional association with more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Read More

News of Interest
Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2008

A new study shows that death rates among men, women, and children from all cancers combined continued to decline in the U.S. between 2004 and 2008.  Mortality rates decreased... Read More

Cancer: It's Personal

Last year, Pfizer Oncology launched Cancer: It’s Personal, a program designed to educate people with cancer, their caregivers and health care professionals about the role... Read More

What is Chartrounds? links community oncologists with the top disease site specialists in the country to peer review cases in a virtual setting.  Membership is free and funded by... Read More

April 30, 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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