The CoC Source - October 1, 2013
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Meet CoC and NAPBC Staff at the ASCO Quality Care Symposium

If you are attending ASCO’s second annual Quality Care Symposium October 31- November 2 in San Diego, make sure to visit with staff from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) in booth 4A and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) in Booth 1. On Friday, November 1, from 7:30 am - 5pm, staff will be available to answer your questions about CoC and NAPBC accreditation.

CoC Recognizes Accredited Programs

CoC-accredited cancer programs provide their communities with high-quality, multidisciplinary, patient-centered care. These programs evolve in response to new diagnostic and treatment modalities, quality assurance and improvement initiatives, and the needs of cancer patients and their families. Currently, there are nearly 1,500 CoC-accredited programs throughout the U.S.

This month, the CoC recognizes the following programs that have maintained their accreditation for 45 -49 years (beginning in 1964–1968). Congratulations to the following programs for reaching this milestone and for their commitment to providing quality cancer care.

Hillcrest Hospital, Mayfield Heights, OH (1964)
Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN (1964)
Rose Medical Center, Denver, CO (1964)
Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, DE (1964)
Gundersen Lutheran Health System, La Crosse, WI (1964)
Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA (1964)
Shands at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (1966)
Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines, Des Moines, IA (1966)
University of Kentucky Hospital, Lexington, KY (1966)
Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, IL (1966)
Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, OH (1966)
Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, OH (1966)
Gifford Medical Center, Randolph, VT (1966)
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco, CA (1966)
Blessing Hospital, Quincy, IL (966)
St. Joseph's Hospital/Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI (1966)
Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY (1966)
Kuakini Medical Center, Honolulu, HI (1967)
Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline, Corpus Christi, TX (1967)
University of Texas Southwestern St. Paul Hospital, Dallas, TX (1967)
Covenant Medical Center, Lubbock, TX (1967)
Union Hospital, Terre Haute, IN (1967)
Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, CA (1967)
Sharp Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa, CA (1968)
Mercy General Hospital, Sacramento, CA (1968)
Methodist Healthcare-University Hospital, Memphis, TN (1968)
St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center, Twin Falls, ID (1968)
University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, Plainsboro, NJ (1968)
St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Lewiston, ME (1968)
Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA (1968)
Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, Chicago, IL (1968)

Attend the CoC Legislative Briefing at Clinical Congress

The Member Organization Steering Committee and Advocacy Subcommittee announce the first CoC Cancer Legislative Briefing.  This briefing will serve to inform legislators of the work of the CoC and its role in improving quality of patient-centered cancer care in accredited programs.  The briefing will be held during The American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Washington, DC on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at the Rayburn House Office Building at 3:00 pm with a reception to follow.  We invite anyone attending Clinical Congress to participate and encourage you to forward this notice to the legislators in your state.  Please RSVP to

Announcing the Release of Cancer Program Standards 2012, Version 1.2: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care

Cancer Program Standards 2012, Version 1.2, has been updated to include all of the changes enacted by the CoC Accreditation Committee at the May 2013 meeting.  This manual is effective January 1, 2014.

The manual is available for free download from the CoC web page.  Printed copies are $50 each and can be purchased through the online catalog.

The changes include:

  • Requirements for new programs seeking accreditation: Programs applying for initial accreditation are no longer required to undergo a consultative visit to be released for survey. In addition, programs that are undergoing the initial survey for accreditation are exempt from the following standards at the initial survey:

S4.3 – CLP Responsibilities
S4.4 – Accountability Measures
S4.5 – Quality Improvement Measures
S5.2 – Participation in RQRS (ineligible)
S5.3 – Follow-up of all patients
S5.4 – Follow-up of recent patients
S5.5 – Data Submission
S5.6 – Accuracy of Data
S5.7 – CoC Special Studies

  • Standard 1.1: Board certification should be provided for the specialties included in the rating for the standard as well as surgeons who care for patients from the five major sites seen at the facility.  Keep in mind that physicians who are not board-certified can submit documentation of earning 12 cancer-related CME credits annually to meet this standard.
  • Standard 1.9: Patients accrued to bio repositories and patient registries with an underlying research focus can be counted toward clinical trial accruals.
  • Standard 5.2: The abstracting timeliness standard was retired beginning with the 2013 cases in preference for on-time submission of the annual caseload to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) during the annual call for data.  Standard 5.2 has been changed to a commendation-only standard for RQRS participation.
  • Several changes to the survey process resulting from the described changes.  For example, beginning January 1, 2014, the surveyor will no longer review cancer registry abstracts to assess abstracting timeliness.  In addition, the surveyor will not routinely review patient records to evaluate cases that are included in the performance measures.

Questions about the standards should be submitted to the CAnswer Forum.  Questions about the survey process should be submitted to

Reminder: 2014 Maintenance Fee Invoicing Begins Soon

The CoC is committed to providing valuable resources to our CoC-accredited cancer programs and to continually expanding the benefits of program participation.  We appreciate your cancer program’s dedication to the accreditation program and to maintaining compliance with the CoC’s standards to ensure the provision of high-quality, patient-centered care for your cancer patients.

As the CoC looks to the future, we have identified a host of new opportunities we will develop that will bring added value to your CoC-accredited cancer program.  In order to deliver on these expanded services, the CoC instituted an annual $1,500 maintenance fee. 

The fee will be assessed to all CoC-accredited programs each year.  Please note that this is separate from the $7,500 triennial survey fee billed to cancer programs that are due for survey in 2014.  The invoice will be e-mailed to the Cancer Program Administrator and Cancer Registrar as listed in Datalinks (updated by programs). We are notifying you of this new fee at this time so that programs may budget appropriately for 2014. 

This fee will provide the CoC with the opportunity to expand its research and development efforts on behalf of its accredited programs, as well as allow for expansion of the existing range of products and services currently offered.   

Here is a brief list of the current products and services, many of which are offered exclusively to our CoC-accredited cancer programs: 

  • High-quality customer service to support your cancer program’s needs
  • Cancer Program Standards Manual 2012, Version 1.2, which outlines the eligibility requirements and standards that address patient care and outcomes
  • CAnswer Forum, a Q&A forum site where you can submit questions and search for answers to your cancer program’s data standards–related questions
  • Best Practices Repository to access resources and tools to support the CoC Standards
  • The web-based Survey Application Record (SAR), which is the framework for your cancer program activities and is a repository for documentation supporting standards compliance for surveys
  • Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) training and support
  • Marketing resources to communicate the value of accreditation to your community along with national marketing efforts spearheaded by the CoC to enhance the visibility and value of CoC accreditation
  • CoC Hospital Locator to share with the public any information about your cancer program’s resources, services, and cancer caseload
  • Complimentary access to the Online Educational Portal with webinars that provide comprehensive education and training on the standards, survey process, and database activities
  • A full suite of reporting tools including Hospital Comparison Benchmark Reports, Survival Reports, Cancer Program Practice Profile Reports (CP3R), and the new Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) that support the delivery of evidence-based quality cancer care measures endorsed by the National Quality Forum
  • Comprehensive reports for the cancer registry to optimize the collection and reporting of quality cancer data
  • Access to Participant User Files (PUF) to conduct research using data from the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB)
  • Development of a new reporting tool—the Cancer Quality Improvement Program (CQIP) Report—that will  provide cancer program administration with a program profile of information, including cancer case volumes, patient case-mix characteristics, in/out-flow rates, and other program profiles to effectively assess their market.
  • And more…

The CoC appreciates the commitment your facility, and the administration, have made to the provision of patient-centered cancer care, and to measuring the quality of your cancer-care delivery against national standards.

Please send comments and questions to the Accreditation Team at

Update on Standard 1.11: Cancer Registrar Education

Historically, the CoC’s cancer program survey has evaluated three years of activity and data submission.  Therefore, programs that are due for 2014 surveys should be evaluated using two sets of standards:

  • 2011 activity assessed using the Cancer Program Standards 2009
  • 2012 and 2013 activity are assessed using the Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care

However, this places an unreasonable burden on both the CoC-accredited programs and the CoC surveyors. As a result, the CoC Accreditation Committee has decided to retire the 2009 standards and survey using only Cancer Program Standards 2012. All cancer programs due for survey in 2014 will be surveyed only on their cancer program activity for years 2012 and 2013 and assessed only by the Cancer Program Standards 2012.

An exception to this decision was made for Standard 1.11 (Cancer Registry Education).  The CoC will be allowing programs to include attendance in 2011 at national educational activities in order to be eligible for commendation for this standard. A commendation rating can be earned if all CTR staff attended a national cancer-related meeting during 2011 or attended either a regional or national meeting in 2012 or 2013.

NOTE: All other standards will be reviewed and must be compliant under Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient Centered Care.  Standard 1.11 will be the only exception to this review process. Completion of Standard 1.11 in the Survey Application Record (SAR) for 2012 and 2013’s educational activities as well as proper documentation is still required in the SAR. In addition, proper documentation of attendance at a national meeting held during 2011 needs to be uploaded/attached to the SAR.  

This exception only affects programs being surveyed in 2014.  Beginning in 2015, the survey cycle will resume its three-year review.

If you have questions about standard interpretations, please post your questions to the CAnswer Forum
Questions about the survey process should be submitted to


Watch for the NCDB Call for Data

The official NCDB Call for Data will be sent as a special CoC Source via e-mail in mid-October. 

NCDB is currently closed for routine submissions and will open the next Call for Data on January 1. All required cases must be submitted between January 1 and January 31, 2014. NCDB recommends submitting early in the month, if possible.  The website will remain open to receive  corrections until April 1. The submission window will close at midnight (Central) the night of April 1.

Diagnosis years to be submitted have been identified.  NCDB recommends that registries use the registry software’s automated case selection for submission, but they should be familiar with the selection requirements that follow.
  • Analytic (Class of Case 00, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22)
  • Diagnosed on or after the program’s Reference Date (and not earlier than 1985)
  • All cases meeting the above specifications diagnosed during 2012


  • All cases meeting the above specifications diagnosed through 2011 that were added or changed by the registry on or after December 1, 2012.  
  • New programs that submitted only one year of data for accreditation in 2013: Please submit all analytic cases in January 2014 for any diagnosis years beginning with your Reference Date that you did not submit to NCDB in 2013.  That is, do not limit your submission to “updated” cases for those years.

The edit metafiles for 2014 NCDB and RQRS submissions will be posted in early December.  Data to be submitted should not be extracted before December 1, 2013, in order to ensure that new or updated cases are not missed.  Until then, early editing can be performed using the most recent NAACCR edit set for “Hospitals” available in your registry software.  That is the same edit set used to stamp cases with the “Date Case Completed – CoC.”  Please re-edit using the appropriate metafile when it is posted.

CS Data Collection in 2014 and 2015

Cancer programs were recently notified that the Collaborative Stage Data Collection System (CS) will be discontinued after 2015. Until then, it is alive and well. 

Coming in 2014

CSv02.05 will be released to software providers on October 14 for use in hospital registries for cases diagnosed 1/1/2014 through 12/31/2015. The implementation of CSv02.05 will be included with software providers’ upgrades to the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) layout 14. Once that update has been implemented at your facility, it should also be used for any “straggler” cases diagnosed prior to that date.  

Data submissions made to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) or Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) during 2014 may either be in the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) layout 13 (CSv02.04 for use in 2013) or in NAACCR layout 14. Through the end of December 2013, submissions may be in layout 13 or 12.2 (CSv02.04 for use in 2012). 

The CS site-specific factor requirements for CoC in 2014 are unchanged from 2013.  Two items originally introduced as part of CSv2 and subsequently published in FORDS will be discontinued beginning with 2014 diagnoses: Grade Path System and Grade Path Value.  They are required for cases diagnosed through 2013.

Plans for 2016 and After

During the coming months, CoC will determine how it will handle the information currently gathered through CS.  Issues for discussion will include improved mechanisms to collect American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) clinical and pathologic T, N, M, and Stage Group and specification of prognostic factors to be reported.  The decision process will be coordinated with other cancer registry standard setters.

SEER Posts New Casefinding Lists

The 2014 casefinding lists have been posted on the SEER website at

The CoC encourages its programs to use these lists.  CoC does not produce separate lists.

Keep Your CLP Contact Information Current

We hope the process to appoint, reappoint, or update contact information has been easier for you to use. Please be aware that the CoC now shares the same database as the American College of Surgeons. When submitting any updates, please make sure that we have your current mailing and e-mail addresses. We have noticed many duplicate records in our system. Because CoC Datalinks is password protected, you may have trouble logging in. If you think that you may have two user IDs or passwords or you are having problems logging into CoC Datalinks, please e-mail Chances are you may have duplicate records in our system.

CLP Orientation Video Now Available

The new CLP orientation video is now available on the CLP information board. We welcome any feedback on its usefulness and other topics you are interested in at

As a requirement stated in the new CLP Standard 4.3, the CLP is required to complete the CLP orientation within three months of initial appointment and on reappointment every three years. There are three other webinars available as additional resources. Please note these webinars no longer offer continuing medical education credits and are self-reported in the CLP activity report.

CLP Program Breakfast Online

If you are not able to attend the Cancer Liaison Program Breakfast on Monday, October 7 please check the CoC website for the videotape of the full content.

Attend CoC-Sponsored Educational Sessions at Clinical Congress

Update your knowledge on current cancer management and attend the CoC-sponsored educational sessions held during the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, October 6-10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC:

Monday, October 7, 9:45–11:15 am
PS105 – Management of Hereditary Colon Cancer Syndrome

Tuesday, October 8, 4:15–5:45 pm
PS233 – Incorporating Palliative Care in Cancer Management

Wednesday, October 9, 12:45–1:45 pm
NL11 – Commission on Cancer Oncology Lecture: Reengineering of Care: Surgical Leadership

Wednesday, October 9, 2:30–4:00 pm
PS323 – Neoadjuvant Therapy: Finding the New Normal in Cancer Treatment    

Visit the CoC booth at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to learn more about CoC Accreditation.


AJCC Has a New Look

Over the past year, AJCC volunteers and staff have worked to reaffirm and further define our mission to provide worldwide leadership in the development, promotion, and maintenance of evidence-based systems for the classification and management of cancer.
In the months ahead, we will announce many new changes and objectives for the organization. Today we are pleased to introduce our new logo, website, and Twitter profile.
We hope you will enjoy AJCC's enhanced online presence as much as we do. We welcome your comments, thoughts, and suggestions. E-mail us or tweet using #AJCCLaunch

See Us

Our logo is designed to represent the energy, expertise, and unwavering commitment of all the dedicated AJCC volunteers working every day to improve the care of patients with cancer.

    • The torch symbolizes knowledge and leadership
    • The flame symbolizes light on the path of discovery
    • The helix symbolizes our commitment to science
    • The shifting colors symbolize collaboration


AJCC. Validating Science. Improving Patient Care.

Visit Us
We invite you to visit our new website, which was designed to meet the current and future needs of our members, as well as to communicate the AJCC's vital position as the consummate source of cancer staging information.
The website will be updated regularly with AJCC news and updates on the progress of the next edition of the Cancer Staging System.

Follow Us
Follow @AJCCancer on Twitter for real-time updates from our organization.  We look forward to connecting with you.

AJCC Welcomes New Officers and New Members

AJCC elected new officers and new members during its 2013 Annual Meeting September 11-13 at the Hyatt Magnificent Mile in Chicago, IL.

New Officers

David R. Byrd, MD, FACS, was installed as AJCC Chair after serving as Vice-Chair since 2008.  Dr. Byrd is University of Washington professor of surgery, the section chief of surgical oncology and the director of the Melanoma Center. 

Robert K. Brookland, MD, FACR, FACR, FACRO, was installed as AJCC Vice-Chair after serving as the AJCC representative from the American Cancer Society since 2011.  Dr. Brookland chairs the Department of Radiation Oncology at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
New Members

The American Academy of Pathologists’ Assistants became the 20th member organization to join the AJCC.  Membership is reserved for those organizations whose missions or goals are consistent with or complimentary to those of the AJCC. These organizations generally demonstrate involvement or activity in one or more of the following areas: cancer epidemiology, patient care, cancer control, cancer registration, professional education, research, or biostatistics. 

The AJCC also welcomed 8 new representatives from 7 member organizations.

Lisa A. Carey, MD, American Society of Clinical Oncology
Ted S. Gansler, MD, MBA, MPH, American Cancer Society
Katherine L. Griem, MD, FACR, American Society for Radiation Oncology
Peter W. Marks, MD, PhD, American College of Physicians
John Srigley, MD, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
Alexander Stojadinovic, MD, Society of Surgical Oncology
Timothy Styles, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jeremy Warner, MD, MS, American Society of Clinical Oncology

Outgoing Members

AJCC thanks the outgoing member representatives for their service!

Richard M. Goldberg, MD, FACP
Abram Recht, MD
Elizabeth M. Ward, PhD
Reda Wilson, MPH, RHIT, CTR
Manxia Wu, MD, PhD

Special Thanks

AJCC flourished under the leadership of Carolyn C. Compton, MD, PhD, FCAP, from 2008 to 2013.  During her leadership, Dr. Compton began to challenge the organization to face the future of molecular medicine head-on, paving the way for inclusion of precision medicine in TNM staging.  AJCC will continue to benefit from Dr. Compton’s vision and vast breadth of knowledge, as she will continue to chair the Molecular Modeler’s Work Group and will chair the Precision Medicine Core for the AJCC Cancer Staging System, 8th Edition. 

Help Us Improve AJCC Cancer Staging Resources!

The AJCC has commissioned a survey to solicit user feedback on the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, Handbook and Atlas.  The AJCC will use this information to enhance current and future products. 

After just 10 minutes of your time, all participants will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win one of ten $100 American Express gift cards. Click HERE to take the survey.


NAPBC Milestone Worth Celebrating

The NAPBC recently hit a milestone that is worth celebrating—500 NAPBC-accredited breast centers in 48 states in less than five years.

To recognize the hard work and dedication to quality breast care, the NAPBC is hosting a nationwide celebration beginning in October 2013 and running through the end of the year. Accredited centers are encouraged to promote their NAPBC accreditation and share this accomplishment with their community and staff.  Let us know when and how you celebrate your NAPBC accreditation, and we may include your celebration in a special edition of the NAPBC Newsletter. Send your stories to

Lead Your Breast Program to Excellence Conference
November 15–16

The NAPBC will host a dynamic two-day conference at The Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL, November 15–16.  Nationally recognized leaders will discuss critical success factors for comprehensive breast centers.   

Learn how others built their multidisciplinary breast centers from the ground up using nationally recognized programs. This conference will include nationally recognized authorities discussing:

  • National Quality Programs: The What, Why, and How of NAPBC, NQMBC, and BICOE
  • 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

The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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

Learn more about the Lead Your Breast Program to Excellence Conference and register today!

NAPBC Exhibit Schedule

The NAPBC will have an exhibit at the following meetings in 2013:

American College of Surgeons’ Clinical Congress
October 6–10
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC

ASCO Quality Care Symposium
November 1–2
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, CA

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium
December 10-14
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

If you attend these meetings and have questions or wish to pick up an NAPBC Information Kit, stop by these exhibits.

To learn more about the NAPBC, visit, e-mail, or call 312-202-5185.

American Society of Breast Surgeons Expands Member Benefits

The American Society of Breast Surgeons, the primary leadership organization for general surgeons who treat patients with breast disease, is committed to continually improving the practice of breast surgery by serving as an advocate for surgeons who seek excellence in the care of breast patients. This mission is accomplished by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and by promoting education, research, and the development of advanced surgical techniques. The Society has recently expanded and enhanced many of its benefits to respond to the growing needs of its membership.
Since becoming an ACCME-accredited provider of continuing medical education, the Society has focused on developing new opportunities for its 3,000+ members to earn CME specifically related to breast surgery. Among those are an online journal-based CME program and the Breast Education Self-Assessment Program (BESAP.) Additionally, Society membership includes free access to the Breast Surgery Manual, an online guide that provides practical tips on and illustrations of both operative technique and multidisciplinary management used in the treatment of breast disease. Abstract submission for the meeting is now open. Researchers who want their abstracts considered for presentation must submit them online via the Society’s website, no later than November 5, 2013.
In Spring 2014, the Society will host more than 1,300 medical professionals, including breast surgeons, general surgeons, surgical oncologists, plastic surgeons, radiologists, medical oncologists, and allied health professionals, at its 15th Annual Meeting, which will be held April 30-May 4 in Las Vegas, NV. The Society’s educational programs serve the professional needs and interests of its membership and its annual meeting is the premier event in the breast surgery community.  The research and education presented at Society meetings enhance a surgeons' knowledge, thereby advancing high-quality surgical care of the breast patient.
To learn more about the Society and its programs, including certification and accreditation in breast ultrasound and stereotactic breast procedures, and the Mastery of Breast Surgery program, the Society’s quality initiative, visit

Monthly Spotlight: National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc.

The CoC regularly collaborates with over 50 member organizations in its mission to provide quality cancer care. This month we introduce the The National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc. (NCBC).

What started in 1985 as a small group of multidisciplinary breast health professionals has continued to grow into an ever-increasing group of medical professionals who assemble to exchange information, network and learn from each other. The focus continues to be on the development, implementation and expansion of breast center programs to allow these experts to become informed of the most up-to-date breast care techniques and options available to their patients. With the addition of private sector businesses and corporations as part of the membership, breast health professionals are also kept informed about advances in equipment, technology, drugs and services available to them to improve patient quality care. Through monthly newsletters, an annual conference and networking throughout the year, NCBC members are kept informed of the incessantly changing breast health care world.

Mission: The NCBC is the premier interdisciplinary organization committed to the development, maintenance, advancement and improvement of the highest quality patient-focused breast centers by supporting education, certification and interdisciplinary communication among those we serve.

Vision:  To positively impact quality breast care and improve the experience, satisfaction and outcomes of the breast care patient as well as the care providers while being recognized as the premier organization supporting interdisciplinary breast centers in the world.

Organizational Methodology:  The organization's mission is achieved through evidence-based education, advocacy, certification and quality validation programs, with the goal of improving breast care for all. Interdisciplinary collaboration is promoted through networking opportunities among the breast center community.

Event Information:  Each year hundreds of breast care professionals gather in Las Vegas, NV, for the National Consortium of Breast Centers Annual Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference.  The 2014 conference  at Caesars Palace, March 15–19, 2014, will mark the organization’s 24th annual conference.  Attendees can earn over 40 credits while enhancing their knowledge of breast cancer detection and treatment.  Participants can choose from a wide variety of plenary sessions, certification programs and special presentations ranging from innovative technology to poster abstracts from a variety of authors.  The conference will provide structured events as well as specialized networking groups to meet and share ideas, and a vendor reception that allows attendees to interact with more than 70 different exhibitors.

NCBC has undergone a rebranding and developed a  new website that provides a number of updated features, including  a blog and a digital newsletter.  Yet, the NCBC  core remains the same—a  cutting-edge organization devoted to a strong mission and vision.

Recent Publications and/or Products:  Imaging-Assisted Large-Format Breast Pathology: Program Rationale and Development in a Nonprofit Health

System in the United States Dr. F. Lee Tucker

For more information, contact:
National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc., P.O. Box 1334, Warsaw, IN  46581
Ph: 574-267-8058 | Fax: 574-267-8268
E-mail: | Website:


NCRA Announces Three-Part Strategic Abstracting Webinar Series
In the NCRA webinar series, registrars will learn how a strategic view of the data improves quality and better supports meaningful analysis. The series reinforce for participants the importance of understanding the relationships between data items. Presenters will address the complex relationships among editing, coding rules, and clinical workups in the abstracting process. Participants are encouraged to submit questions prior to the webinar in order to have their issues addressed during the session. Send questions to All webinars start at 2:00 pm Eastern. Learn more and register at

November 20: Non-Malignant Brain and the CNS
Lynda Douglas, CTR
Centers for Disease Control National Program of Cancer Registries, Public Health Analyst

December 11: Hematopoietics
Jennifer Ruhl, MSHCA, RHIT, CCS, CTR
National Cancer Institute, Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results, Public Health Analyst

January 22, 2014: Bladder
Jayne Holubowsky, CTR
Virginia Cancer Registry/Virginia Department of Health

NCRA Releases the Registry Data Analysis and Presentation CD
NCRA designed a one-day workshop, Registry Data Analysis and Presentation, that was presented on May 30 in San Francisco, CA, in conjunction with NCRA’s 2013 Annual Educational Conference. NCRA developed the workshop in response to members’ requests for more detailed information on how to analyze and present cancer registry data. NCRA has prepared a CD of the sessions, so those who could not attend the workshop can benefit from the information presented by the expert speakers. A total of six continuing education credits can be earned from viewing the CD. Learn more at


New NCI-Funded Training for Psychosocial Distress Screening Program Development Accepting Applications

The Screening for Psychosocial Distress Program trains cancer care providers on how to develop, implement, and maintain psychosocial screening programs to meet the CoC’s new quality care standard. Applications to attend are now being accepted. The deadline for submission is November 15, 2013.   

Funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute, the Screening for Psychosocial Distress Program is a joint project of Yale University School of Nursing and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS). With an international faculty of leading psychosocial cancer care professionals and researchers, the program will train two cancer care providers from one cancer care facility over two years. The first year includes a beginning one-day workshop held at the APOS conference in Tampa, Florida, on February 13, 2014, and continues with four live online teaching sessions throughout the year. The second year includes an advanced one-day workshop and two live online teaching sessions throughout the year.

Successful implementation and ongoing maintenance of a psychosocial screening program will be enhanced by having two people from each cancer care facility attend the training. Funding for the Screening for Psychosocial Distress Program allows for a stipend for each person toward covering the cost of attending the program. The program enrolls up to 18 cancer care facilities each year for a total of 36 participants. More information and an application can be found at: