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Commission on Cancer

CoC Now Seeking New Members

The multidisciplinary Commission on Cancer is seeking applications from early-career Fellows interested in advancing the priorities of the CoC to improve the quality of cancer care delivery across the U.S. We encourage applications from women, minorities, those of diverse backgrounds and specialties, and applicants from rural and community settings to contribute to our work. We are seeking to fill vacancies for eight three-year terms that will begin in October 2021.

The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Membership on the CoC requires a commitment to:

  • Serve on one of five working committees that meet quarterly by attending committee meetings and contributing to committee work.
  • Attend two in-person meetings that take place in the spring and the fall (once travel is possible again). Travel is supported by the CoC.

Members are appointed to a three-year term and are eligible for reappointment to a second three-year term based on performance, which includes an assessment of meeting attendance and engagement.

Interested applicants are encouraged to review the CoC website and CoC Membership Fact Sheet to become familiar with the mission, history, membership, committees, structure, and activities of the CoC. If interested in applying, submit the following items to by May 31:

  • A letter of self-nomination that addresses what expertise and diversity you would bring to the CoC, considering its mission of accreditation and quality, and why you are interested in serving on the CoC
  • A current CV or biographical sketch

The CoC's Nominating Committee reviews all applications and contacts those confirmed by the CoC Executive Committee in the fall. Initial terms are for three years beginning in October. For questions, please contact Julia Francescatti at

CTR Guide to Coding Radiation Therapy V3.0 Released

The CoC National Cancer Database (NCDB) has released the CTR Guide to Coding Radiation Therapy in the STORE, Version 3.0. The document is located on the NCDB website under the header Resources and on the Cancer Forum subfolder Radiation.

CoC Paper Competition Accepting Submissions through June 30

The CoC hosts an annual Research Paper Competition for physicians-in-training to foster the importance of oncologic research in support of its mission. This year, papers can be submitted under one of two categories: clinical research or basic science. Judging is based on originality, scientific merit, and clinical relevance to oncology and the mission of the CoC. The first-place winners will receive a $1,000 honorarium plus an opportunity to present the research at the CoC's Plenary Session in October 2021. Second- and third-place winners will each receive $500 cash.

More information on eligibility, requirements, and awards are available on the CoC website. Submissions are being accepted through June 30.