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Just Released – Cancer Program Standards 2012, Version 1.1: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care

Cancer Program Standards 2012 Version 1.1: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care outlines the standards that focus on patient-centered needs and add focus to the quality of care and outcomes.  Version 1.1 includes additional information developed by the Standards Advisory Group for Excellence (SAGE) that clarifies the requirements for several standards; and revises the standard and intent for standard 1.1 Physician Credentials, addressing physicians who are not board certified or in the process of certification.

Below are highlights of the changes:

E7 Radiation Oncology Services: Requesting documentation of accreditation, policies and procedures for quality assurance practices, or an attestation letter of quality assurance practices from the primary referral location.

Standard 1.1 Physician Certification: The standard was modified to allow physicians who are not board certified or the process of certification the option to demonstrate ongoing cancer-related education by earning 12 cancer-related continuing medical education (CME) hours annually.

Standard 1.3 Cancer Committee Attendance: Acknowledge that the cancer liaison physician (CLP) reporting requirement outlined in standard 4.3 allows the CLP to designate an equivalent substitute to present their report at the cancer committee meeting.  However, this substitution for reporting purposes does not meet the cancer committee attendance requirement set forth in standard 1.3.

Standard 1.10 Clinical Education Activity: Confirmed that webinars can be used to fulfill this standard however, the webinar must be one hour in length (or cumulate to one hour if shorter webinars are used), must be viewed as a group, and requires a physician leader from the cancer committee to facilitate discussion.

Standard 1.11 Cancer Registrar Education: To qualify as a regional meeting (eligible for commendation rating) more than one state organization must work collaboratively to develop the workshop.  This collaboration is indicated on the agenda and meeting notices.

An electronic copy of Version 1.1 can be downloaded from

Follow the link from this page to order a hard copy of Version 1.1.

Questions about Cancer Program Standards 2012, Version 1.1 should be submitted to the CAnswer Forum at

CoC Exhibit Schedule

The CoC is scheduled to exhibit at the following national meetings in October:

American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress
September 30 - October 4
McCormick Place Convention Center
Chicago, IL

National Coalition of Oncology Nurse Navigators

October 4 - 6
Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Nashville, TN

If you are attending any of these meetings, stop by the exhibit hall and view the new CoC materials. To learn more about the CoC, visit


Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) Criteria in the 2012 Standards

First established in 2004, the OAA recognizes the peak performers among CoC-accredited programs from which the CoC identifies programs for drawing best practice examples. These examples are included in the Best Practices Repository, mentoring new programs, and serving as invited presenters for face-to-face workshops and educational webinars.  More than 550 programs have received this recognition and many programs have won the award more than once.

Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care sets forth eight standards for commendation that encompass cancer program leadership, clinical services, and data quality.  The standards are:

  • Standard 1.3 Cancer committee attendance
  • Standard 1.9 Clinical research accrual
  • Standard 1.11 Cancer registrar education
  • Standard 1.12 Public reporting of outcomes
  • Standard 2.1 College of American Pathologists (CAP) protocols
  • Standard 2.2 Oncology nursing
  • Standard 5.2 Abstracting timeliness
  • Standard 5.6 Data quality

Each commendation is based on measurable criteria that offer the cancer program a challenging but achievable level of performance to receive the higher rating.  The commendation criteria for each standard can be found in the 2012 Manual, which is available at

Beginning with 2013 surveys and for the first time since its inception, the Accreditation Committee will use all of the commendation standards as the basis for awarding the Outstanding Achievement Award.  This change will enable the CoC to identify the outstanding performer and give them the recognition they clearly deserve.  We encourage all CoC-accredited programs to strive for this level of performance.

Questions about the cancer program standards, commendations, and the OAA should be submitted to the CAnswer Forum at

Historical SAR Reopening

In July, the historical Survey Application Record (SAR) was placed in a read-only status for cancer programs not scheduled for a 2012 survey, in preparation for the new SAR’s arrival.  Before this status change, cancer programs were asked to complete the SAR with activity from 2009, 2010, and 2011. Now that abstracting for 2011 cases should be complete, we will be reopening the historical SAR for a LIMITED time so that all programs can be sure that all 2009-2011 activity is entered and all required documents for these years have been uploaded.

The historical SAR will re-open on Monday, November 5, 2012 through midnight on Sunday, November 18, 2012.  All accredited cancer programs, whether surveyed in 2012 (January through October) or not, will have access to the SAR during this time. No further extensions will be given to complete the SAR or upload documents. On November 20, 2012, the historical SAR will become read-only for most accredited cancer programs, from this point forward.

SAR access for cancer programs scheduled for survey during November and December 2012 will not change to read-only format until two weeks post-survey as usual.

To access the historical SAR: enter your user ID and password into the CoC Datalinks Log On screen.  Click on Historical Survey Application Record from the activity menu. Select the Survey Application Record link from the next screen’s activity menu.

The new SAR is scheduled to arrive in October 2012.


Cancer Program Standards 2012 –Best Practices Repository-What’s New in September?

This month we will introduce the newest best practices submitted to the CoC Best Practices Repository. These documents have been reviewed and approved by the Standards Advisory Group for Excellence (SAGE).

This resource is a slide presentation submitted by the American Cancer Society on Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Facts and Figures. This resource supports standard 3.3. The presentation attempts to summarize current scientific information about the disease.  It also contains the most recent data available about survivorship and expected survivorship, and explains the three phases associated with survivorship.

We hope our constituents find this example helpful as they prepare to comply with the new 2012 standards. To view this document and other newly posted documents, follow the link to the Best Practice Repository

We would like to thank our constituents, member organizations, and staff, for contributing tools and examples to the repository. We would like to encourage all accredited programs to share with us any best practice contributions you may have from your cancer program. Please visit the link above to download instruction for submitting your best practices.


2012 Datalinks Transition Summary

CoC Datalinks is undergoing a major transition this year that will enhance usability and prepare for surveys using the new standards. Here's a brief timeline of events to support the transition to the new system.

  • July 2, 2012 - The historical SAR has been converted to a read-only format, except for programs scheduled for survey between July and December 2012.
  • July 1 - September 30, 2012 - Programs added 2012 services information and related documentation to the Eligibility Requirements (ER) of the new SAR.
  • October 1 - October 31, 2012 - Final extension period to complete the ER and attach all related documentation. 
  • October 2012 – New SAR becomes available to those programs that have completed all of the ERs to begin entering their 2012 cancer program activity and documentation.
    • No data will be transferred from the OLD SAR to the new application.
  • November 5 - 18, 2012 - The historical SAR will reopen for ALL accredited programs. During this two-week time frame, cancer programs will be able to update the historical SAR with activity from 2009, 2010, and 2011 as well as upload any required documentation.
  • January-December 2013 – Programs scheduled for survey will be evaluated on cancer program activity for 2010 and 2011 under the old standards, and on 2012 cancer program activity under the new standards.

The CoC  looks forward to working with your cancer program as you implement the 2012 standards and prepare for survey, and will be available to support programs during this time of transition. Questions should be directed to


Grant Opportunity for CoC-accredited programs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is offering a funding opportunity for the examination of survivorship care planning efficacy and impact.  What follows is a description of the purpose as described by HHS: “The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate research to evaluate the effect of care planning on cancer survivors' health and psychosocial outcomes; self-management of late effects and adherence to cancer screening and health behavior guidelines; utilization of follow-up care; organizational-level factors influencing the implementation of care planning; and associated costs. Specifically, the FOA aims to stimulate research that will: 1) develop and test metrics for evaluating the impact of survivorship care planning; 2) evaluate the impact of survivorship care planning on cancer survivors' morbidity, self-management and adherence to care recommendations, utilization of follow-up care, and on systems outcomes, such as associated costs and impact on organizations implementing care planning; and 3) identify models and processes of care that promote effective survivorship care planning. The ultimate goal of this FOA is to generate a body of science that will inform the development and delivery of interventions and best practices in follow-up care for cancer survivors.”

Please visit for more information about the grant and deadlines and to access the application.

Cancer Liaison Physicians: Key Role in Study

The CoC and the National Cancer Institute have collaborated in developing a survey designed to establish our first systematic understanding of the structure and organization of Multidisciplinary Treatment Planning (MTP) in the U.S.  While multidisciplinary care coordination is a central pillar of CoC-accredited cancer programs (for example, Program Standard Eligibility Requirement - E3), the documented evidence in the literature characterizing how these teams operate is scarce.  The purpose of this survey is to ascertain the characteristics of MTP teams across the spectrum of CoC-accredited cancer programs and to improve our understanding of how MTP is organized and how these teams support the coordination of care delivered to cancer patients.

The survey was released to almost 1,300 CoC-accredited programs.  The CLP has been asked to take the lead in coordinating the program’s review and response to the survey, and to report the results online. 

The due date for completion of the survey is Friday, October 26, 2012.  The survey will remain online until the close of business that day.

Questions about the survey should be directed to

Process for Appointing or Reappointing Your Cancer Liaison Physician

The CoC appreciates the feedback we have received regarding the appointment/reappointment process and updating the contact information of the Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP).  We have updated the process, and now you can easily name a new CLP or reappoint your current CLP to an additional term through CoC Datalinks or e-mail. 

Appointment Process

  1. Log into CoCDatalinks.
  2. Go under Manage Staff Contact.
  3. Under Pending Contacts section select Add Contact.
  4. Enter the CLP name and contact information in this window.
  5. Click save button. This will come directly to the Cancer Liaison Program for processing.  An appointment letter will be sent to the CLP and notification to the cancer program staff via e-mail.

Reappointment Process

Send an e-mail to with your CLP’s name and e-mail address stating that your program would like to reappoint them to an additional term.  An e-mail will be sent to the CLP and program staff confirming reappointment.

Updating Contact Information

  1. Log into CoCDatalinks.
  2. Go to Manage Staff Contact.
  3. Click on the name of your CLP.  This will open their information.
  4. Select the edit button and make your changes.
  5. Click save button. 

If you have any difficulty with this process, please send an e-mail to .

Watch for NCDB Call for Data Announcement in October

The NCDB Call for Data for 2013 will be distributed by a special NCDB News announcement early in October.  Initial data submissions must be received between January 1 and January 31, 2013.  Corrections are due by April 1, 2013.  As usual, the NCDB staff requests programs to submit as early in January as possible, and to make any corrections immediately rather than waiting for the deadline.

Cases to be submitted are limited to analytic cases (Class of Case 00-22) diagnosed beginning with the hospital’s Reference Date (or 1985, whichever is later) through 2011. All analytic cases diagnosed in 2011 must be submitted.  In addition, all analytic cases diagnosed from the Reference Date (or 1985) through 2010 must be submitted if they were added to the registry or updated by the registrar on or after December 1, 2011

In order to avoid “losing cases in the cracks”, programs are reminded not to create files for submission prior to December 1.  The NCDB edit metafile for use in 2013 will be posted shortly before that date.  In the meantime, registries are encouraged to pre-edit their cases using the registry’s built-in software.  The best edit set to use is the “Hosp: Vs12.2 COC Required – All” edit set that registry software uses to time stamp cases with “Date Case Completed – CoC”.  Some software may use a different name for the edit set.

See Standards 5.5 and 5.6 for submission requirements regarding timeliness and edit quality.  All submission information can be accessed through  Comprehensive information for registries is posted at  Edit information will be posted at shortly before December 1.

Are You Caught Up On The Latest New Standards Education?

Stay up-to-date on the latest CoC standards education and view one of the 13 recently launched webinars on the CoC Online Education Portal. These webinars were created to support all cancer program staff in understanding and implementing the 2012 patient centered standards.

Some of the most popular webinars include:

  • Cancer Program Standards 2012 Continuum of Care Services: Focus on Survivorship Care Plans
  • Studies of Quality and Quality Improvements
  • Cancer Program Standards 2012 Continuum of Care Services: Focus on Psychosocial Distress Screening, Tools and Resources
  • Quality of Patient Care: New CoC Standard

For more information and to register visit the CoC Online Education Portal.


Now Available - AJCC Cancer Staging Atlas, 2nd Edition! 

A Companion to the Seventh Edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual and Handbook was edited by Carolyn C. Compton, MD, PhD; David R. Byrd, MD, FACS; Julio Garcia-Aguilar, MD, FACS; Scott Kurtzman, MD, FACS; Alexander Olawaiye, MD; and Mary Kay Washington, MD, PhD.

Significantly expanded and expertly illustrated, the AJCC Cancer Staging Atlas, 2nd Edition, offers more than 600 illustrations created exclusively for this new edition, and is fully updated to reflect the concepts discussed in the 7th editions of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual and Handbook. For more information, go to

The Atlas illustrates the TNM classifications of cancer sites and types included in the 7th edition of the Manual and visually conceptualizes the TNM classifications and stage groupings for the most frequently diagnosed sites. Every illustration provides detailed anatomic depictions to clarify critical structures and to allow the reader to instantly visualize the progressive extent of malignant disease. In addition, nodal maps are included for each site, appropriate labeling has been incorporated to identify significant anatomic structures, and each illustration is accompanied by an explanatory legend.   

  • Combines the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Staging Atlas with a CD containing all images
  • Users can import figures into presentations for cancer conferences, grand rounds, presentations, and journal articles/book chapters
  • Based on the 7th edition staging system

Go to to order yours today! 

AJCC Seeking Candidates for Editor of Cancer Staging Manual

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) welcomes applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the 8th edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual planned for publication in 2015.  This publication will represent the latest iteration of the tumor, node, and metastasis (TNM) system, which has served as the major system for the staging of adult solid tumors worldwide since the mid-1980's. This AJCC 8th Edition will also continue the tradition of coordination with the TNM committee of the Union for International Cancer Control based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The lead editor of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual will be chosen from the applicant pool in January 2013 and will be expected to coordinate all activities leading to publication.  A minimum 3-year term will begin in March 2013.  This will include working closely with the AJCC staff in Chicago, the publisher of the manual, and all volunteer physicians, cancer registrars and others who participate in the site specific expert panels.

This position will be financially compensated by the AJCC.  Additional information about the role is available by contacting Karen Pollitt, AJCC Manager, at  Candidates must be physicians.  Interested candidates should submit their letter of intent and curriculum vitae to Ms. Pollitt by December 1, 2012.

CS Education Resources: Know What’s Available and Where to Find Them!

Take advantage of the many Collaborative Stage (CS) educational resources available!  Below is a brief overview of the various resources available and the direct links to  them.

You Tube
The AJCC YouTube Channel has been available for some time and offers short presentations that focus on specific topics such as 998 vs. 999, Neoadjuvant,  Testis,  and Grade Path Value/ Grade Path System.  Now these videos are viewable directly on the CS website!

The YouTube videos appear in the education section on the Cancer Staging on YouTube tab. By clicking on this tab, website visitors will be taken to the CS YouTube Page that will allow them to watch all the CS videos from the bulleted list at the bottom of the page. 

The CS Education Team hopes this additional viewing option will be welcomed by those who are blocked from accessing YouTube at their facility and were previously unable to view these free educational presentations. More videos will be coming in the future as the CS Education Team continues to develop short presentations that address specific issues that are troubling registrars in CS. Submit your suggestions to the CAnswer Forum for topics to be addressed in YouTube videos.

CS Webinars
There are seven Collaborative Stage webinars available at the AJCC Education Portal for complimentary viewing to the entire registry community.  These seven webinars were developed and presented by some of the leaders in the field.  The webinars are available for viewing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Topics include the following:

The CS webinars are free, but creation of an account to view the webinars is necessary for new users.  If you have previously viewed an AJCC or CoC webinar through the CommPartners Education Portal, you can begin viewing the presentations immediately by adding the CS webinars to your cart.  For technical issues, such as login or account creation, contact CommPartners directly at

The original presentations and supporting materials for all of these presentations are available on the CS website under the Presentations Tab of the Education section.  These presentations are a tremendous resource on their own and are available from the CS website for those who have already viewed the webinars and want to quickly reference the information in the presentation. 

CS Website
The CS website has all the critical information you need for CS –coding—from the General Rules of the Coding Instruction (essential reading for any CS coder!) to the CoC and SEER  Combined Required Site Specific Factors, there are many helpful documents on the CS website for registrars.  Check out the recently added Education Presentations page, which includes the downloadable CS presentations from the 2011 and 2012 NCRA meeting. The page also contains the PowerPoint slides, the handouts, the quiz, and the answer sheet for the seven CS webinars available on the AJCC Education Portal. These materials have been made available so that all registrars have access to these important educational resources.

CAnswer Forum
Lastly, if you have a question that is not addressed by any of the educational resources, the CAnswer Forum is the best place to visit!  There’s a good chance that if you have the question, someone else does too so be sure to search the CAnswer Forum for your question before posting a new one.  

The CS Education and Training Team encourages registrars to get familiar with these resources as more content will continue to be added in the future. The CS Education team has strived to provide CS education in a variety of formats to cater to the learning styles of the registry community.

We hope that you will find these resources useful and, as always, we welcome your feedback at




Lead Your Breast Program to Excellence Conference
Learn from those who developed the standards!

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), in conjunction with the National Consortium of Breast Centers, will host a dynamic two-day conference where nationally recognized leaders will discuss critical success factors for comprehensive breast centers.

When: Friday and Saturday, November 16–17, 2012

Where: Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites, Chicago, IL

What: Learn how others built their multidisciplinary breast center from the ground up using nationally recognized programs. This two-day conference will include authorities discussing:

  • National Quality Programs: The What, Why, and How of NAPBC, the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers, and the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
  • Developing a High-Quality Breast Program
  • Critical Success Factors for Developing Certification/Accreditation-worthy Breast Programs
  • Benefits and Cost-Effectiveness of Breast Center Programs
  • Defining Benchmarks for Breast Centers of Excellence
  • Breast Diagnostic, Treatment, and Management Quality Metrics
  • Aggressive Screening Programs, Patient Navigation, Genetic Risk Assessment and Counseling, Survivorship, and Advocacy

Who: The ideal audience for this conference will be:

  • Hospital Chief Executive Officers and Chief Operating Officers
  • Service Line Administrators
  • Breast Program Leaders and other physicians involved with breast centers
  • Radiologists and Technologists Involved with Breast Centers
  • Nurse Navigators, Quality Managers
  • Breast Imaging Supervisors
  • Genetic Counselors
  • Social Workers

The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
CE hours pending approval from National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).

Seating for this conference will be limited, and because of the comprehensive nature of the agenda, will sell out quickly.

To learn more about the Lead Your Breast Program to Excellence conference and REGISTER TODAY, go to


NCRA to Release New Workbook for the Staging of Cancer: A Companion Guide to the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual (7th Edition)

Pre-order by October 8 and Save!

The National Cancer Registry Association’s (NCRA) new Workbook for the Staging of Cancer provides cancer registrars, physicians, and other health care professionals with a tool for understanding the concepts of TNM staging and explains how to apply them consistently. The workbook outlines the principles of TNM staging and offers an overview of the AJCC staging process. Ten primary cancers are described in detail and extensive exercises are provided. Rationales for the correct answers are also included.

Pre-order at by October 8 and receive the discounted price: NCRA member price is $99; nonmember price is $109.

NCRA 2013: The Call for Presentation Abstracts Is Now Open!

Share your expertise with your colleagues at NCRA’s 39th Annual Educational Conference, May 30-June 2, 2013, in San Francisco, CA. Submit a presentation abstracts by October 19, 2012. All submissions will be acknowledged, and those selected will be notified by November 15. Submit a presentation abstract using NCRA’s online system at

Mark Your Calendar for Three Upcoming NCRA Webinars

There are three remaining webinars in NCRA’s series on strategic abstracting.  Designed to assist registrars with providing better information for cancer control, the series views the abstract through a wider lens and introduces the idea that all data in the abstract is connected and interdependent. Participants will come to appreciate how a strategic view of the data improves quality and better supports meaningful analysis.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Strategic Abstracting:  Genitourinary Sites

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Strategic Abstracting:  Skin and Melanoma

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Strategic Abstracting:  Breast

Each webinar is $50 for NCRA members/$75 for nonmembers. Earn one CE for each webinar.  For more information and to register, go to

Monthly Spotlight: American Radium Society

The CoC regularly collaborates with more than 50 member organizations in its mission to provide quality cancer care. This month we introduce the American Radium Society.

Founded in 1916, the American Radium Society is the oldest society devoted to the study and treatment of cancer. As a multidisciplinary organization, members include radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, head and neck surgeons, medical oncologists, and neurosurgeons.

The society’s mission includes the following tasks:

  1. Promotes the study of cancer in all of its aspects
  2. Encourages liaison among the various medical specialist and allied scientists concerned with the treatment of cancer
  3. Continues scientific study of the treatment of the cancer patient through its annual meeting and educational publications

Through the society, its representatives are formally involved in organizations promoting cancer care, education, and radiation safety, including:

  1. The American College of Radiology
  2. The CoC of the American College of Surgeons
  3. The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements
  4. The American Board of Radiology

Since 1933, the American Radium Society has sponsored an annual lecture in memory of Henry H. Janeway, MD,  (1873-1921), a great American pioneer in the therapeutic use of radium. A special committee of the Society chooses lecturers on the basis of their outstanding scientific contributions. This is an international award. Each speaker is presented the Janeway Medal. Recent distinguished lecturers include: David Larson, MD; Larry Einhorn, MD; Charles Balch, MD, FACS;  Larry Kun, MD; John Mendelsohn, MD; Harry Bartelink, MD, Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, and Jean-Claude Horiot, MD.

The ARS Meeting is the world’s oldest multidisciplinary cancer conference and has a tradition of scientific excellence, collegiality, and a multidisciplinary scientific program.

Event Information:
The 95th Annual Meeting of the American Radium Society
April 27 – May 1, 2013
The Phoenician, Scottsdale, AZ

Recent Publications and/or Products:
For American Board of Radiology Maintenance of Certification (ABR-MOC) the American Radium Society offers self-assessment modules for Maintenance of Certification. These modules are available at

For more information on this organization, please contact:
Jaclyn Weinstein, Executive Director, 11300 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: 310-437-0581, Ext. 123 | Fax: 310-437-0585
E-mail: | Website:


Enhancing Access to Cancer Clinical Trials: What Will it Take? Policy Webinar Series Presents

Using a Quality Improvement Framework to Increase Cancer Clinical Trial Accrual: Lessons Learned

The purpose of this webinar is to share the lessons learned from an innovative initiative –The National Cancer Clinical Trials Breakthrough Collaborative (NCCTBC) - aimed at increasing cancer clinical trials accrual, particularly among minorities and those over 65, in community oncology practices. The purpose of this Pilot was to test the feasibility of applying a proven quality improvement process to cancer clinical trial (CCT) accrual. ENACCT’s NCCTBC is the first-ever national initiative designed to enhance the efficiency of CCT recruitment, accrual and retention efforts through a proven quality improvement framework. Five community oncology practice sites participated in the Pilot Collaborative, which began in the spring of 2011 and was completed in fall 2012. Each site identified, tested, and refined more than 40 specific changes designed to improve the accrual of eligible patients, particularly those from ethnic and racial minorities and those over age 65. ENACCT provided expert training, coaching, technical assistance and support to these sites.


  • Outline the importance and challenges of quality improvement in oncology, particularly those related to clinical trials
  • Describe a proven quality improvement methodology applied to clinical trials accrual
  • Differentiate measures for success
  • Specify sites’ experiences and successes
  • Describe future directions for advancing quality improvement regarding cancer clinical trials

Target Audience(s):
Oncology researchers and staff

Kathy Reims, MD, CSI Solutions Douglas Blayney, MD, Stanford School of Medicine
Participating Sites: Avera McKenna Hospital, Bayhealth Medical Center, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Queens Medical Center, West Clinic

Date: October 23, 2012; 1:00pm-2:30 pm ET

For more information, visit:


American Society of Breast Surgeons Increases CME Offerings, Member Benefits

The American Society of Breast Surgeons, the primary leadership organization for general surgeons who treat patients with breast disease, has recently expanded and enhanced many of its benefits to respond to the growing needs of its membership.

Since becoming an Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education- (ACCME) accredited provider last year, the society has focused on developing new opportunities for its 3,000 members to earn continuing medical education (CME) specifically related to breast surgery. Among those are an online journal-based CME program and the breast education aelf-assessment program.

In the spring of 2013, the society also expects to host more than 1,200 breast surgeons at its 14th annual meeting, which will be held May 1-5 in Chicago, IL. In addition, the pre-meeting program, May 1-2, will feature daylong courses on basic and advanced ultrasound, stereotactic breast biopsy, high-risk/genetics/molecular diagnostics, and the latest techniques in oncoplastic surgery.

This month the society will release the Breast Surgery Manual, an online with practical tips and illustrations of both operative technique and multidisciplinary management used in the treatment of breast disease.

To learn more about the society and its programs, which also include certification and accreditation in breast ultrasound and stereotactic breast procedures, as well as a Mastery of Breast Surgery program, visit