American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes


The American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs benefit an array of health care professionals, patients, and facilities through standard-setting, accreditation, and educational activities. Representing leaders in cancer care and aiming to improve cancer patient care, our nationally recognized programs—the Commission on Cancer, the American College of Surgeons Cancer Research Program, the Cancer Surgery Standards Program, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer, the National Cancer Database, the American Joint Committee on Cancer—all work toward helping your program provide high-quality cancer care.

We strive to develop the best educational resources, offer useful training opportunities, advocate for you and your patients, and stay up to date on the latest cancer care trends and treatments. Learn more about what we have to offer your cancer program and the patients you serve.

Annual Report

The ACS Cancer Programs are meeting their strategic priority 2020–2021 goals, delivering on the promise of new programs, products and services, and responding to changes in work resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. New programs, products and services are detailed in the attached report.

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On Amazon Kindle

Version 9 of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Cancer Staging Protocol for the Cervix Uteri site is now available for purchase for $9.99 exclusively on Amazon Kindle. Version 9 becomes effective on January 1, 2021 and replaces the 8th Edition Cervix Uteri cancer site content. All other disease sites in the 8th Edition Cancer Staging Manual remain current for 2021.

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Cancer Sessions

The 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL was held August 21–24. If you missed it, the sessions and opportunity to collect continuing education credits are still available. All sessions will remain online and available for viewing through October 31, accessible on the conference website.

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Cancer Programs Sessions

American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs will offer a range of educational sessions at the ACS Clinical Congress 2020, Monday October 5 - Wednesday, October 7. View the full list of ACS Cancer Programs educational sessions.

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Fellowship Opportunity

Cancer Programs, in conjunction with Northwestern University’s Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC) is offering a NIH/NCI T32-funded, two-year, onsite fellowship in oncologic surgical outcomes, health services, and health policy research for surgical residents and post-doctoral trainees. 

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Summer Virtual Meetings

The ACS Cancer Programs hosted its annual summer meetings virtually July 23-24. In addition to multiple committee meetings, ACS Cancer Programs held several program-specific open general sessions for all members. The AJCC, CoC, ACS CRP and CSSP, NAPBC and NAPRC all hosted general sessions. Recordings of these presentations are available now.

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Program Update

Read an important update from Cancer Accreditation Programs regarding site visits and new resources.

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2020 Site Visit FAQs

An FAQ document has been developed to assist CoC, NAPBC, and NAPRC program participants with the changes that have been put in place by the American College of Surgeons to postpone accreditation and verification site visits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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