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CoC Holds Annual Committee Meetings

More than 150 participants attended the Commission on Cancer’s (CoC) annual committee meetings, May 17-19, 2012, at the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) headquarters in Chicago, IL.  These sessions involved the main standing committees including Accreditation, Cancer Liaison, Education, Quality Integration, and the Executive Committee.  In addition, sessions were held with the CoC’s member organization representatives and with the state chairs and American Cancer Society division relationship managers.

Highlights from these sessions are as follows:

Accreditation – Reports were presented by the Accreditation Subcommittees that dealt with program review, recruitment and retention, and surveyor performance.  Issues identified with select standards were reviewed and will be clarified in a future issue of the CoC Flash and in the CAnswer Forum.  The guidelines for new programs seeking accreditation were modified to allow one or two deficiencies at the time of the initial survey, and the Outstanding Achievement Award criteria was established for 2013, 2014, and 2015 surveys.  Finally, several reports highlighted ongoing projects involving the Veterans Administration, international accreditation, and standards for pediatric programs.

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CoC News
CoC Holds Annual Committee Meetings

More than 150 participants attended the Commission on Cancer’s (CoC) annual committee meetings, May 17-19, 2012, at the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) headquarters in Chicago, IL. Read More

Spotlight on CoC Member Organizations

Each year, the member organization representatives of the CoC submit reports of their organizations current cancer care initiatives and areas for collaboration with the CoC. Read More

Cancer Support Community Honors Commission on Cancer

On April 26, 2012, the CoC was presented with the Founders Award for Vision by the Cancer Support Community (CSC).  This award recognizes individuals or organizations... Read More

American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Surgical Oncology Scholar-in-Residence Program

The American College of Surgeons (ACoS) CoC is offering a two-year fellowship in surgical oncology outcomes and health services research beginning July 1, 2013.
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What’s Happening with the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership?

In the March issue of the CoC Flash we highlighted the new website of the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership (CCCNP) - Read More

Accreditation Program
Cancer Program Standards 2012 – What’s New this Month?

Each month we will highlight the newest additions to the CoC Best Practices Repository.  These resources have been reviewed and approved... Read More

CAnswer Forum Monthly Highlight: Quick Links

The purpose of this article is to make CAnswer Forum users aware of the many helpful functions of the system.  This month we are highlighting Quick Links.  What are Quick Links?  Read More

Highlighting the 2012 Standards – Chapter 4: Standards 4.3 – 4.5

Standards 4.3, 4.4, and 4.5 are another new area of CoC activity—measuring and assessing CoC-accredited program performance with standards of care for specific sites and stages of disease. 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

Educational Activities
Learn about the Key Players Involved in Implementing the New Standards

Not sure what role each cancer committee member should play on your team under the new 2012 standards?  Review this free webinar with your team to assist in identifying key members of your cancer committee.
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SAVE THE DATE for Survey Savvy 2013!

The next Survey Savvy will be June 26-28, 2013 in Chicago, IL. There will be an optional Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) Workshop on June 26, held at College Headquarters. Read More

News from CoC Partners

The Collaborative Stage (CS) teams announce the availability of a website for the collection of feedback, comments, and suggestions related to the CS Data Collection System.  Read More


It’s not too late to sign up for the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers’ (NAPBC) next workshop, Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation! Read More


Sarah P. Burton, CTR, was installed as the president of the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) at its Annual Educational Conference in Washington, DC, on April 21. Read More

Cancer Patient Perspective on the Drug Shortage: Share Your Stories Now

Since early this year, there has been increasing coverage in the media regarding a shortage of generic drugs in the U.S. Given generic drugs yield little profit compared to brand-name patented pharmaceuticals... Read More

Monthly Spotlight
Monthly Spotlight: The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

NCCS is the oldest survivor-led and governed cancer advocacy organization in the U.S.  Now in its 25th year, NCCS advocates for quality cancer care for all people affected by cancer and provides tools... Read More

News of Interest
Report Outlines Innovative Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Model

A new supplement in the American Cancer Society's Cancer journal outlines an innovative prospective surveillance model (PSM) that could reduce the incidence and severity of breast cancer treatment-related... Read More

Global Standardization in Imaging: SNM CTN’s Site Qualification Program

As a part of the Society of Nuclear Medicine’s (SNM’s) goal to improve the quality and standardization of molecular imaging, SNM launched the Clinical Trials Network (CTN) in August 2008.  Read More

Plan to attend Joint International Oncology Congress (JIOC): 5th Symposium on Cancer Metastasis and the Lymphovascular System and the 8th International Sentinel Node Society Congress

An internationally renowned faculty will provide updates in the understanding of cancer metastases, especially sentinel lymph node biopsy concepts and technology, and the molecular mechanisms... Read More

May 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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