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National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer

What Is the NAPRC?

The National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) was developed through a collaboration between The OSTRiCh Consortium (Optimizing the Surgical Treatment of Rectal Cancer) and the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

The NAPRC’s goal is to ensure patients with rectal cancer receive appropriate care using a multidisciplinary approach. The NAPRC is based on successful international models that emphasize:

Program Structure

Establishing a rectal cancer multidisciplinary team comprised of trained and qualified physicians and coordinators

Patient Care Processes

Researching supported protocols and processes for rectal cancer care

Performance Improvement

Data collection and monitoring to track care processes, treatment, compliance, and patient outcomes

Performance Measures

Verifying adherence to evidence-based procedures, including total mesorectal excision, pathological assessment, and MRI staging and reporting

This NAPRC slide deck is intended to be used as a resource for the members of the NAPRC committees and for individuals interested in seeking NAPRC accreditation. These slides can be used in part or in whole to meet the needs of the intended audience with the goal of delivering a consistent and uniform message about the history, value, and current status of the NAPRC.


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Pelvic MRI Webinar

Register today for the Pelvic MRI for Rectal Cancer: Tips on Interpretation is scheduled for 5:00 pm CDT on Tuesday, September 14.

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Past Webinar

If you missed NAPRC: Practical Tips, Pearls, and Advice from the Trenches Part 2, the webinar is now available on our learning management system. Register to view the video and print the slides. Don't forget to claim continuing education credit for nurses and certified tumor registrars. If you would like to view Part 1 of this series, visit the ACS LMS to register and view the webinar.

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2020 Standards

Download the NAPRC accreditation standards Optimal Resources for Rectal Cancer Care (2020 Standards). A crosswalk and notable changes resource comparing the 2017 standards to the 2020 standards is also available.

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Accreditation Brochure

Learn about how ACS Cancer Programs are improving outcomes for patients with cancer in our latest brochure.

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