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

Cancer

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.

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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Extension Granted

The College is granting an extension of one year for hospitals currently accredited and verified. This additional year will extend the standard three-year verification to a four-year verification, for sites in good standing.

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Important Update

The leadership and staff of the Commission on Cancer, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, and the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer are committed to the health and safety of our participating accredited program staff, health care professionals, physicians, and their patients. 

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Recommendations

Review the Recommendations for Prioritization, Treatment and Triage of Breast Cancer Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Executive Summary and the recently released Elective Case Triage Guidelines for Surgical Care.

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COVID-19 Resources

The American College of Surgeons is compiling and distributing information on the impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the health care setting. Visit the ACS COVID-19 section for updates.

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2020 Call for Data

The NCDB 2020 Call for Data submission window is now open (open window dates January 1–May 31, 2020). 2020 submission specifications include all analytic cases diagnosed on or after 2004 or the program’s reference date from 2018 plus any cases added or changed since the Call for Data 2019. 

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Workshop Postponed

The ACS Accreditation Programs: New Content for a New Decade has been rescheduled for December 2–4, 2020 in Rosemont, IL.

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