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New Resource to Educate Your Patients about Your Accreditation Now Available

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers are excited to announce the availability of a new patient information brochure. The brochure has been developed to help you educate your patients on what accreditation means and why receiving care at an accredited program is important. This brochure is one way to reinforce to patients your program's commitment to providing the best in cancer and breast care.

Some examples of ways to distribute this brochure include, but are not limited to:

  • Post on your website as a downloadable PDF
  • Include in patient pre-operation and discharge kits
  • Provide as part of your patient education resources
  • Display in waiting rooms, individual physician offices, and departments
  • Distribute at health fairs and other outreach programs

Choose from two available formats:

  • A standard brochure that you can download and print
  • A customizable brochure that has been designed with space to add your program's logo, name, and contact information to create a personalized patient resource

(The press-ready PDF has the required printer's marks and can be imported to Adobe InDesign or Illustrator. In the provided white space, input your program information and graphics, and save as a new file.)

These and other marketing resources can be found online:

  • CoC: Log into CoC Datalinks. The resources to market CoC accreditation are located under the Resources heading.
  • NAPBC: Log into the Quality Portal. The link to access the NAPBC-accredited breast center marketing materials is at the bottom of the page.

If you have questions, please contact Sue Rubin.

Update Your Staff Contacts

To make sure that you and your staff are receiving the weekly Cancer Programs News newsletter, Cancer Programs updates, and other important information, please take a few minutes to review your current staff contacts and confirm the information listed for each individual is correct. Please add any missing staff members or remove staff members who are no longer at your facility. Additionally, please make sure that you have indicated a billing contact and a primary contact for National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer sites.


To manage contacts for CoC programs, a current contact at a CoC program should log into CoC Datalinks and click on Manage Staff Contacts. There, you can see the current contacts and determine if information needs to be updated. For questions, please refer to the User Roles and Access Definitions in the upper-left corner of the page.


To manage NAPBC and NAPRC contacts, the site's primary contact should log into the Quality Portal. In the left navigation bar, click on Site Contacts. Only the site's primary contact may make changes or add or remove contacts.

If you have questions, please send an e-mail to,, or

ACS Offers New Patient Education Program for Breast Cancer Patients

Under the aegis of the ACS Division of Education, the Patient Education Program has created a free, digital resource for breast cancer patients. Developed by surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, and patients, Your Breast Cancer Surgery Program uses evidence-based education and video skills training to help patients stay engaged and informed throughout their treatment and recovery. Patients are encouraged to read each section of the guide, watch the accompanying videos, explore the interactive tools, and write down any questions or concerns they might have to share with their doctors as they discuss treatment options. Topics covered in the guide include:

  • Understanding breast cancer
  • Explaining tests and exams
  • Preparing for and understanding surgery
  • Healing and recovering from surgery
  • Planning for breast reconstruction
  • Considering other therapies beyond surgery
  • Living a healthy life beyond surgery

For additional information, please contact Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE, at; Kathleen C. Heneghan, PhD, MSN, RN, FAACE, at; Nancy Strand, MPH, RN, at; or Tarra G. Barot, PhD, at