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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.

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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Register Today

Registration is now open for the 2021 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL. The conference will run from Monday, July 12, through Friday, July 16. Online registration is free and provides an open access pass to all sessions.

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Paper Competition

The Commission on Cancer is now accepting submissions for the annual Cancer Research Paper Competition. This year, papers can be submitted under one of two categories: clinical research or basic science. First, second, and third place winners will be selected from each category. Submission deadline is June 30.

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New QI Project

CoC and NAPBC sites are invited to participate in an elective Plan/Do/Study/Act (PDSA) 2021 quality improvement project and clinical study. 

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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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Accreditation Update

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

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2021 Updates

Dr. Nelson on the ACS Cancer Programs in 2021

Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS, Medical Director, ACS Cancer Programs, and chair, surgery and colorectal surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, discusses ACS Cancer Programs in 2021 and the upcoming Commission on Cancer centenary in the January 12 issue of the ACS Bulletin Brief.

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