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Compliance Resources

Standard 1.7: Rectal Cancer Program Education

For compliance with Standard 1.7, all surgeons, pathologists, and radiologists on the facility’s Rectal Cancer Multidisciplinary Team must complete the NAPRC-endorsed education module related to their respective specialties at least once. Because the education modules are still in development by the NAPRC and its partners, programs are not expected to demonstrate compliance with Standard 1.7 at this time.


The NAPRC-endorsed Surgery education module is currently in development by the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.


The NAPRC-endorsed Radiology education module is currently in development by the American College of Radiology.


The College of American Pathologists' (CAP) “Cancer Protocol for the Examination of Specimens of Patients with Primary Carcinoma of the Colon and Rectum” must be reviewed as a self-study by all pathologist members of the accredited program’s Rectal Cancer Multidisciplinary Team. This protocol can be found on the CAP's Cancer Protocol Templates website.

Additional pathology materials are currently in development by the NAPRC.

Standard 2.3: Standardized Staging Reporting for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Results

The required elements for rectal cancer MRI results are defined in the Cancer Care Ontario template.