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Cancer Program Standards 2012

This manual replaces all previous cancer program standards manuals

Cancer Program Standards 2012 Version 1.2.1: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care (released January 2014) outlines the standards that focus on patient-centered needs and bring an additional focus on the quality of care and outcomes. Version 1.2.1 includes additional information developed by the Standards Advisory Group for Excellence (SAGE) that clarifies the requirements for several standards. In addition, a change was made to Standard 5.2 that retires the six-month abstracting timeliness window and introduces a commendation standard for Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) participation. Additional changes were made to standard 1.3 which allows for the appointment of a designated alternate for each required cancer committee member, changes the attendance requirement to 75 percent of the annual meetings, and removes the commendation for this standard.

We have created a video series to assist you in understanding and interpreting the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Standards. The series includes an introduction video, two videos describing the Eligibility Requirements and an additional 26 individual videos describing select standards.

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The Commission on Cancer is pleased to provide this complimentary copy of Cancer Program Standards 2012, Version 1.2.1: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care for your individual use. Please understand, however, that this information is the copyrighted property of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Any use of this material outside of its original format or context requires permission from the Commission on Cancer.


Questions regarding the standards presented in Cancer Program Standards 2012, Version 1.2.1: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care should be submitted to the CAnswer Forum Bulletin Board System. Please reference this publication when submitting your question.

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