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 Clinical Research 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.

Data Collection Update

Update on Cancer Registry Data Collection for 2020

The Cancer Surveillance Community has been trying to deal with massive changes in data collection and processing of 2018 data. Results of the NAACCR 2018 Central Registry Readiness survey completed in early March, showed more than 50 percent of central registries in the U.S. and Canada are still unable to receive and process 2018 data and only 5 percent of the anticipated number of 2018 cases have been reported to central registries.

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Scholarship Available

ACS Cancer Programs will be offering a limited number of scholarships to cancer registrars who are interested in attending the upcoming ACS Quality & Safety Conference taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, July 19–22, 2019. Apply by April 30.

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CoC Awards

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) recognizes the 24 recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA). The OAA designation is presented to exceptional CoC-accredited programs that have met the criteria for all seven commendation-eligible CoC Standards as well as achieving compliance with the remaining 27 standards that are required for accreditation. 

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CAnswer Forum Live

CAnswer Forum Live is a live 60-minute webinar that that is open to staff at current and prospective CoC, NAPBC, and NAPRC programs. The webinar includes important information from the Cancer Programs and provides answers to the questions that you submit.

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Apply for NAPRC

Rectal cancer programs interested in earning accreditation from the new National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer may now apply. The goal of the new rectal cancer accreditation program is to ensure patients receive appropriate care using a multidisciplinary team approach.

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