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Cancer Programs

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.

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Register Today

While encouraged by recent measures to reduce the incidence of COVID-19, we also recognize that this positive trajectory may not yet be a predictable one. Therefore, this year’s ACS Clinical Congress will be a VIRTUAL event. Join us October 23–27 for Clinical Congress 2021. This virtual event offers important surgical education opportunities for medical professionals across all specialties and career stages.

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Return to Screening Initiative

This PDSA Quality Improvement (QI) Protocol is now available for any U.S. screening facility to download and use without charge to improve cancer screening rates as a result of the pandemic. This PDSA QI Protocol is not the protocol in place for use by CoC and NAPBC accredited facilities or programs actively pursuing accreditation. Accredited programs should refer to the project details posted on the Resuming Cancer Screening and Care during COVID-19 site.

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NCRA Sessions Q&A

ACS Cancer Programs presented several sessions at the NCRA Conference. In response to participant questions at the sessions, we have provided written responses to all questions received. If you have any additional questions, please contact

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Synoptic Reporting Webinar

The recording and slides from the Implementation Strategies for Synoptic Operative Reporting webinar are now available. In this webinar, speakers review the synoptic operative reporting options available for CoC-accredited cancer centers and discuss the value of synoptic reporting.

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Surgeon Voices

Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Vice-Chair, ACS Board of Regents, and Director, Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL, interviews Lawrence Shulman, MD, MACP, FASCO, deputy director, clinical services, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Immediate Past-Chair, Commission on Cancer, on COVID-19’s impact on cancer screening and treatment.

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Cancer Screening

The American Cancer Society has created a convenient Full Guidance Toolkit of six guidance documents on how to manage and promote cancer screening, cancer screening messages, and HPV vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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