Each year at this time, the Cancer Programs leaders and managers gather together to reflect on the accomplishments and lessons learned from the prior year and consider new strategic opportunities for the coming year. As leaders, we appreciate that the core functions of the programs remain essentially the same from year to year, but we also understand that the specific needs of the programs do change over time. With that in mind, the focus is always on increasing the value we provide to program participants. This year's meeting was no different, except that we were pleased to host Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, the new American College of Surgeons (ACS) Executive Director. It was a perfect opportunity for us to exchange information. We learned about her vision for the College, and she learned about the 2021 Cancer Programs accomplishments and trends.
As a group, we shared thoughts about the people and programs we serve and how we might serve them and their needs better through coordination of efforts and development of new initiatives. We shared and considered many great ideas for enhancing the value of the programs over the next several years, and we expect to distill the list down to a few that will be prioritized for development in 2022. In the meantime, we can say that the increasing emphasis on quality improvement is taking shape with plans for education and training, release of new quality measures, and plans for a new Plan/Do/Study/Act (PDSA) project. More to come in future newsletters. Please stay tuned.
We would like to thank the more than 700 programs that participated in the Return to Screening PDSA. Our team is actively tabulating the results of the study, and this information will be shared once available.
All monthly screening numbers and interventions must now be documented on your forms. We have been in communication with a small number of programs that have extenuating circumstances and have not yet submitted their screening data. Otherwise, submissions have been closed.
Instructions for programs participating in ONLY the PDSA (and not the accompanying clinical study): Plan to save and upload PDF Forms A, B, and C into the Pre-Review Questionnaire (PRQ) at the time of your next site visit.
Instructions for programs participating in the PDSA and clinical study: Plan to save and upload REDCap Forms A and B/C into the PRQ at the time of your next site visit.
World Cancer Day is an international day marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control with a goal to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer.
The Commission on Cancer (CoC), National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) encourage your site to promote World Cancer Day. To help you promote this event within your program and the community, the CoC, NAPRC, and NAPBC developed posters, social media graphics, and email signature artwork that can be downloaded by going to the Marketing Resources section in your site's Quality Portal (QPort).