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June 2016 CoC Source

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Attend the 2016 CoC Annual Conference: Pathway to Quality

Join us June 1-3, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago (Rosemont), IL to learn more about how each member of the cancer committee adds value to the team to create a first-rate cancer care program. In addition, you will learn more about how to maximize the NCDB tools to make the best use of your cancer program's data. The conference addresses a cancer program's common concerns regarding CoC standards and compliance as well as comprehension of the NCDB tools application to lead quality improvement initiatives in your facility.

Onsite registration available. To learn more, visit the event web page.

CoC News

Tools to Observe National Cancer Survivors Day

Sunday, June 5, marks the 29th annual National Cancer Survivors Day®, which brings cancer survivors together to show that there is life after receiving a diagnosis of cancer.

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) encourage you to observe this day and use it as an opportunity to display or promote your CoC and NAPBC accreditation statuses. To help you promote this event within your program and the community, we have created a poster that you can download and print. If your program holds accreditation from the CoC only or both the CoC and NAPBC, you can access the poster by going to CoC Datalinks and clicking on Marketing Resources. For programs that are accredited solely by NAPBC, use the link to the Marketing Resources website provided in your performance report e-mail notification.

We encourage you to reach out to your community and sponsor activities that:

  • Recognize cancer survivors 
  • Support patients with cancer 
  • Screen and educate community members on cancer prevention and detection 

Additional resources to promote your event are available on the National Cancer Survivors Day website. Please let us know about your celebration by sending photos and event information to Susan Rubin, Business Development Manager, ACS Cancer Programs.

Accreditation Corner

New SAR and PAR Orientation Webinars

A new webinar series on the Survey Application Record (SAR) and Program Activity Record (PAR) orientation is now available to accredited cancer programs. The webinar series, consisting of three separate webinars, is available on the CoC Datalinks Activity Menu in the Resources section. The webinars, titled SAR/PAR Orientation Webinar Series, are hosted on YouTube.

  • Session one reviews general information, Eligibility Requirements, and Chapter 1 standards. 
  • Session two reviews Chapters 2 and 3. 
  • Session three reviews Chapters 4 and5, and post-survey activities. 

This webinar series is available to assist users as they prepare for survey, provide correct documentation, learn about the functions and fields of the SAR/PAR, and help users understand the post-survey procedures and timelines.

The CoC Datalinks Activity Menu has also been changed to better identify and locate the links available. A new Resources section has been added, which houses links including: List of Required Documents, Marketing, Surveyor Contact List, and the Webinar Series. The Accreditation Management section now only houses the Eligibility Requirements, SAR/PAR, and Performance Report links.

Resources for Cancer Liaison Physicians

Save the Date for CLP Breakfast Meetings

During 2016, the Committee on Cancer Liaison will hold two breakfast meetings for Cancer Liaison Physicians (CLPs) to hear new initiatives and to network with CLPs from across the U.S.

The first CLP breakfast meeting will take place in conjunction with the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) “Collective Wisdom” annual meeting, 6:30 am–7:30 am, Monday, June 6 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick, Chicago, IL. All in attendance for the ASCO meeting are welcome to attend. Contact if you plan to attend this meeting. Be sure to include your facility’s name and your role (for example: CLP, registrar, cancer committee chair).

The second CLP breakfast meeting will be held in Washington, DC on Monday, October 17, in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.

We hope to see you there!

Educational Programs and Resources

Fall Accreditation 101 in Chicago

The next Accreditation 101: Learning the Basics of CoC Accreditation and Standards, will be held on Friday, September 9, 2016 in Chicago, IL. Registration is set to open in mid-June.

Accreditation 101 is aimed at those who work for programs not yet CoC-accredited but seeking more information to make that decision or to prepare for their application. It is also aimed at those staff new to CoC-accredited programs to provide further information and insight into the value and benefit of CoC accreditation, as a well as a basis overview of the CoC standards.

Stay tuned to your email, the CoC website, the weekly CoC Brief, and the monthly Source for further information.

News from ACoS Cancer Programs


Dedication of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual 8th Edition to Cancer Registrars

Las Vegas, NV, April 12, 2016—Mahul B. Amin, MD, FCAP, Editor-In-Chief, AJCC Cancer Staging Manual Eighth Edition, announced at the National Cancer Registrars Association’s (NCRA) 42nd Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, that the 8th edition will be dedicated to cancer registrars. Dr. Amin cited that the honor was to recognize cancer registrars’ education and unique commitment to the recording and maintenance of data that are vital for the care of the cancer patient. He noted their professionalism in the collection of factors fundamental to sustaining local, state, and national cancer registries and their dedication to the cataloging of information crucial to cancer research. He also described their leadership and support of the principles of cancer staging.

NCRA president Leah Kiesow, MBA, CTR, thanked the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) for this extraordinary honor. She noted that as the national professional organization of more than 5,800 cancer registrars, NCRA is pleased to know that the data collected by registrars play such a vital role in updating the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. Physicians worldwide use the manual to stage a patient’s cancer and is critical in guiding treatment and determining prognosis. Kiesow stated, “Cancer registrars are elated to be acknowledged by the AJCC for the role they play in improving cancer-patient outcomes.”

Full Press Release on Behalf of NCRA

News from the Oncology Community


NCRA Posts New Informational Abstract Quiz

The National Cancer Registrar Association’s (NCRA's) Education Committee created free Informational Abstracts (IA) to assist registrars in preparing abstracts. These site-specific fact sheets provide an outline to follow when determining what text to include in an abstract. A new quiz is available to gauge understanding for the third set of abstracts, which include Cervical, Endometrial, and Ovarian (Quiz III). Registrars can earn one continuing education (CE) credit for each quiz. Access the Informational Abstracts and quizzes on the NRCA website.

Join NCRA on Social Media and Stay Connected

NCRA has revamped its social media presence and updated its Privacy Policy and Website/Social Media Guidelines. Learn how to stay connected through NCRA's social media. Questions? E-mail NCRA at

Learn More about NCRA's Professional Liability Insurance Program

The NCRA has partnered with CPH & Associates to provide a Professional Liability Insurance program. This new benefit offers NCRA members discounted rates for coverage, with limits of $1,000,000 each occurrence/$6,000,000 aggregate. Members can get an instant quote for coverage online and save 5 percent by applying online. Learn more about NCRA's new Professional Liability Insurance Program, including details on how to get started.

Preorder the NCRA Conference 2016 Encore Sessions USB Drive

The NCRA is taking preorders for the 2016 Annual Conference USB Drive. Watch your favorite presentations again or share with coworkers who were unable to attend the 2016 conference in Las Vegas, NV. The Encore Sessions USB contains high-quality video and audio. Continuing education (CE) credits can be earned by completing the viewing form on the USB. (Additional fees for CEs required.) The USB Drive will mail in six weeks.