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

FORDS Revision Project

Do you have a really good idea for adding or changing Facility Oncology Registry Data Standards (FORDS) data items?

FORDS is a manual that contains all of the data items with rules and coding options for cancer registrars to collect data in their hospital registries. These data are then submitted to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB). The data available in the NCDB come from FORDS, Collaborative Stage, and the American Joint Committee on Cancer's AJCC Cancer Staging Manual.

The Commission on Cancer is seeking input from registrars, data users, physicians, and others to modernize our FORDS manual. This project kicked off in April 2014, and input will be gathered through an electronic survey, which will be open through September 2014.

You will be asked to submit one FORDS Revision Survey for each suggestion. The survey can be submitted multiple times per user.

The PDFs below contain the questions for the survey based on whether you want to add, change, or remove a data item.

FORDS Revision Survey

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