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Register Now for ACS Cancer Programs Conference: Quality Care in Motion VIRTUAL

Register to attend the 2021 ACS Cancer Programs Conference: Quality Cancer Care in Motion VIRTUAL, April 27–28, 2021. The goal of the conference is to provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about the current activities of the ACS Cancer Programs designed to enhance cancer program operations and support cancer patient care. 

On Tuesday, April 27, hear Aaron Bleznak, MD, FACS, speak at the session Structured for Success in Your Cancer Program from 10:00 to 10:45 am CT. Dr. Bleznak will review Standards 1.1, 2.1, 2.3, and 2.4 and discuss how to choose good leaders who are committed to quality cancer care and how to effectively manage cancer committee meetings.

Be sure to tune in later that day for the panel session titled Measuring and Improving Care, scheduled for 2:30 to 3:45 pm. The panel will be moderated by Commission on Cancer Chair Timothy W. Mullett, MD, FACS. Dr. Mullett, Daniel Boffa, MD, FACS, and National Cancer Database (NCDB) Senior Manager Ryan McCabe, PhD, will discuss how to set your cancer care team up for success by choosing the right cancer liaison physician for your team and being accountable for quality cancer care through NCDB's quality initiatives and measures.

CME and CE are being offered for the conference. Visit the conference web page to learn more and register.

NEW LMS Course Available: Surgical Oncology for the General Surgeon

The Surgical Oncology for the General Surgeon course will provide the community surgeon with an update on the latest advances in cancer care, including, but not limited to, how tumor biology influences the surgical care of cancer patients, the proper sequencing of therapies and advances in therapies, use of genetic and genomic testing, and the findings of the latest cancer clinical trials. Access the course through the ACS Learning Management System (LMS) to register and view the course content.

Continuing education credits are available for this course.

Last Call to Submit Your Best Practices for the ACS Quality and Safety Conference

April 15 is the deadline to submit your cancer programs/breast center best practices for the ACS Quality and Safety Conference. Act today to submit your abstract so that you can share your experiences with cancer program/center participants from across the country.

Submit today in one or more of the following topic areas highlighting how you improved either cancer program performance or care for patients with cancer:

  • Measuring and Reducing Disparities in Cancer Care
  • Best Practices in Surgical Oncology
  • Hybrid Cancer Care
  • Incorporating Patient-Reported Outcomes into Quality Improvement
  • Successful Methods for Shifting from the Survivorship Care Plan to Providing Survivorship Services
  • Using Staging to Improve Outcomes

All participants in the Commission on Cancer, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), and the National Accreditation for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) programs are eligible to submit abstracts.

The 2021 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL will run from Monday, July 12 through Friday, July 16, and all ACS Cancer Programs sessions will be presented on Friday, July 16.