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Cancer Programs Educational Sessions at ACS Clinical Congress 2020

American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs will offer a range of educational sessions at the ACS Clinical Congress 2020. Scheduled programming is as follows (all times listed are Central Time zone).

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Meeting the 2020 Standards for Optimal Cancer Care

In 2020, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) introduced new accreditation standards, Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards), that have undergone a significant change to focus on the provision of high-quality and measurable care. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality Programs focus on the four principles of quality care: set the standards, build the right infrastructure, collect robust data, and verify through a third party. The CoC 2020 Standards take the next step in focusing on quality by defining the optimal resources for cancer care in areas that were not addressed by previous standards, including defining the critical elements essential for surgical success and the rapid capture and reporting of data that can be used to drive quality improvement efforts.

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Cancer Programs Sessions at 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference Virtual 

The 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL was held August 21–24. If you missed it, the sessions and opportunity to collect continuing education credits are still available. All sessions will remain online and available for viewing through October 31, accessible on the conference website.

Register today and join us for the cancer sessions. CME, CNE, and CE will be available for all sessions.

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CAnswer Forum Live

CAnswer Forum LIVE is a 60-minute webinar that is available for live and recorded viewing to staff at current and prospective CoC, NAPBC, and NAPRC programs. In addition to answering the questions that are submitted, this webinar also includes important information from the Cancer Programs regarding upcoming events and clarification and updates on the standards.

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Best Practices in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Inflammatory Breast Cancer Webinar

Beth Overmoyer, MD, FACPInflammatory breast cancer signs and symptoms mimic mastitis. Many physicians do not recognize that mastitis is common in younger, premenopausal women but uncommon in the postmenopausal population. The rarity of inflammatory breast cancer compared with the frequency of mastitis or cellulitis of the breast often results in a delay of a cancer work-up in favor of treating mastitis. This delay may affect the patient’s clinical course thus increasing the possibility of symptomatic spread of breast cancer and associated outcomes.

The webinar reviews the clinical presentation of inflammatory breast cancer, discuss the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for inflammatory breast cancer, and best practices for early diagnosis by primary care physicians, obstetrics/gynecological specialists, and advance practice providers.

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