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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.

Call for Topics

ACS Cancer Programs is soliciting topic proposals for the ACS Clinical Congress 2022. Physicians and allied health care professionals at Commission on Cancer, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer are invited to submit a topic. Deadline is March 15.

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Call for Abstracts

ACS Cancer Programs is seeking topics for presentation at the 2021 Quality and Safety Conference. Presentations should focus on best practices that have improved the quality of care in the following areas: measuring and reducing disparities in cancer care, best practices in surgical oncology, hybrid cancer care, incorporating patient reported outcomes into quality improvement, successful methods for shifting from the survivorship care plan to providing survivorship services, or using staging to improve outcomes. Deadline is March 26.

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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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Resuming Screening

Commission on Cancer partners with leading cancer organizations to endorse the resumption of appropriate cancer screening and treatment to prevent excess deaths during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

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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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Webinar Series

ACS Cancer Research Program educational series will offer important content for physicians and allied health professionals on new developments, best practices, and emerging issues in cancer care. CME, CNE, and NCRA CE credits have been requested for the five webinars in this series.

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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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