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

Prostate Special Study

Study Period: April 17–August 28, 2017

Improving the current approach to surveillance after active treatment for cancer has been identified as a priority area by a number of organizations, including the Institute of Medicine, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and DEcIDE Cancer Consortium. The current guidelines do not account for individual risk and are based on limited evidence. To help address this gap, a Special Study will be launched in the coming months to investigate follow-up and recurrence after prostate cancer treatment in hopes of tailoring follow-up based on individual risk. This study will involve analyzing data from the National Cancer Database (NCDB) to determine surveillance patterns for prostate cancer. It will be funded by a grant from the Patient Center Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

The goal of this work is to better understand how patients are currently being followed with surveillance testing and whether or not this is influencing outcomes. In addition, these studies will look at the accuracy of recurrence data within the NCDB and begin to develop strategies and create opportunities to improve the collection of this important outcome measure. Many tumor registrars are directly engaged to help achieve these goals and we are looking forward to your participation.

The Commission on Cancer has deemed this Special Study a priority area and an important initiative for improving patient centered care. During this period staff members with the Alliance/ American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program will be available as a resource for registrars and CLPs. We anticipate a study start date this spring. Please watch your email accounts over the next month for the official announcement.


Special Study Targeting Cancer Surveillance to Start April 17 (March 3, 2017)

Special Study Timeline and Updates (March 29, 2017)

Special Study Documents and Webinars (April 4, 2017)

Update: Special Study Facility Eligibility (April 7, 2017)

Update: Special Study Documents and Webinars (April 17, 2017)

Important CoC Special Study Update (April 19, 2017)

Important Announcement for the Special Study Targeting Prostate Cancer Surveillance (May 30, 2017)

Special Study Webinar Updates:

Instructions and Resources

PCORI Prostate Special Study Instructions

List of Changes to the Study

Frequently Asked Questions

Cover Letter for Follow Up

Prostate Data Elements for Outside Providers

Template for Patient Information

Patient Data Form

NCRA Certification of Completion 0.5

NCRA Certification of Completion 1.0


Webinar #1 NCRA CE 2017-027 | PowerPoint

Webinar #2 NCRA CE 2017-029 | PowerPoint

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Webinar #5 NCRA CE 2017-044 | PowerPoint

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Webinar #12 NCRA CE 2017-074 | PowerPoint

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Webinar #16 NCRA CE 2017-093 | PowerPoint