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Rapid Cancer Reporting System Is Now Live

The new National Cancer Database (NCDB) Rapid Cancer Reporting System (RCRS) is now live. Users should have received two e-mails earlier this week from our system vendor IQVIA, labeled as ACS Tech Support from e-mail address

  • The first e-mail (subject: ACS Data Quality Platform-Account User) provides log-in information, including your user ID, URL to access RCRS, and log-in instructions.
  • The second e-mail (subject: ACS Data Quality Platform-Password Reset) provides a temporary password, which you will be prompted to change in order to log into the system.

Please make sure to "whitelist" the e-mail address above as this will not be coming from a recognized source. If you have not received these two e-mails in your inbox, please check your spam/junk e-mail folder.

Log in using the provided information to ensure you can successfully access the RCRS. If you encounter any issues with log-ins, contact Once you log in, refer to the "Library" in the left navigation menu under "Resources" for initial user support information.

Important dates to note regarding the RCRS launch:

  • September 28, 2020:
    • RCRS goes live
    • All Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) and NCDB data have been imported into RCRS
    • 11 Quality Measures are displayed in the system
    • Cancer Program Practice Profile Reports (CP3R) have been retired
  • October 14, 2020:
  • October 28, 2020

Find additional information on these RCRS Orientations Webinars in the Education and Training section of today's newsletter.

  • October–December 2020:
    • Make normal RQRS submissions to RCRS
      • Rename file *.dat
    • Copy RQRS notes into RCRS notes
  • January 2021:
    • RQRS retired
    • Monthly submissions in v21
    • All new and updated cases back to 2004
  • June 2021:
    • Call for Data (all 2019 cases only) submitted to RCRS

Continue to refer to the RCRS website for ongoing updates and additional information.

AJCC to Release Version 9 Cervix Uteri Cancer Staging System on Amazon Kindle

American Joint Committee on CancerVersion 9 of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Cancer Staging Protocol for the Cervix Uteri site will be available for purchase for $9.99 exclusively on Amazon Kindle starting October 25, 2020.

The new Version 9 content, presented in a streamlined, easy-to-use format, incorporates the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Gynécologie et d'Obstétrique (FIGO) staging classification, as well as the World Health Organization 2020 Classification of Tumors histology codes. Physicians, registrars, researchers, and other content users will be able to purchase the electronic format of the updated Cervix Uteri content, including tables, explanatory notes and illustrations. Version 9 becomes effective on January 1, 2021 and replaces the 8th Edition Cervix Uteri cancer site content. All other disease sites in the 8th Edition Cancer Staging Manual remain current for 2021.

This marks the start of the all-digital format for Version 9 of the AJCC Cancer Staging System. No printed option is being offered at this time. While only the Cervix Uteri site is currently being issued in Version 9, future Cancer Staging System sites will be announced for release as they become available.

For additional information, contact

Don't Miss These ACS Cancer Programs Sessions at Clinical Congress 2020

Clinical Congress 2020 Dates Extended - October 3-7Join us October 3–7, 2020, for the first-ever fully virtual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2020. With both live and on-demand sessions, the conference will offer the finest surgical education for medical professionals across all specialties.

Although there is no registration fee, all attendees must register online to gain access to Clinical Congress sessions. Your registration will include access to the virtual Clinical Congress, including named lectures, panel sessions, the Academy's Symposium and special lunchtime sessions, Scientific Forum presentations, Video-based Education Sessions, Meet-the-Expert Sessions, the Resident Program, and the Medical Student Program. Registration also will include on-demand access to this content through at least the end of the year.

Register today to take advantage of ACS Cancer Programs' wide range of educational sessions (all times listed are Central Time zone):

Monday, October 5

  • Panel Session: Bringing Cancer Genetic Testing Into the Mainstream
    9:00–10:00 am
  • Panel Session: Multidisciplinary Management of Melanoma
    1:00–2:00 pm

Tuesday, October 6

  • Panel Session: New Frontiers in Targeted Therapy in Breast Cancer: What Is the Surgeon's Role?
    2:00–3:00 pm

Wednesday, October 7

  • Panel Session: Treatment Strategies and Evolving Therapies for Retroperitoneal Sarcomas (RPS)
    9:00–10:00 am
  • Panel Session: Ten Hot Topics in Surgical Oncology
    10:00–11:00 am
  • Panel Session: Multidisciplinary Management of Locally Advanced Colorectal Cancer
    10:00–11:00 am
  • Panel Session: Best Practice in Treatment of Gastric Cancer
    11:00 am–12:00 noon
  • CoC Oncology Lecture: Cancer Care: Medicine, Meet Math
    Professor Sir Murray F. Brennan, GNZM, MD, ChM, FACS, FRACS, Senior Vice President of International Programs and the Benno C. Schmidt Chair of Clinical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
    1:00–2:00 pm
  • Panel Session: My Patient Has Breast Cancer: What Comes Next?
    2:00–3:00 pm

Nominations Open for 2021 Oncology Lecture Physician Presenter

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is seeking nominations for the physician presenter at the annual Oncology Lecture, held during the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress in Washington, DC, October 24–28, 2021.

This year the process was handled a bit differently, in that the CoC Education Committee solicited for topics and chose "Disparities in Cancer Care" as the theme of the lecture.

Subtopics include but are not limited to the following categories related to disparities:

  • Racial disparities in the delivery of cancer care
  • Measuring equity of care across systems
  • Targeting equity of care in system‐level performance improvement

The purpose of the Oncology Lecture is to present current, major developments in the field of oncology and to emphasize the role of the surgeon in the care of patients with cancer. The lecturer should be a leader in the field of oncology who has done outstanding work in clinical and/or laboratory research, and/or cancer management.

Please submit your top three nominees to speak on disparities in cancer care here. The final nominee will be selected by the CoC Executive Committee from the list of candidates.

Responses are due by Friday, October 9, 2020. We thank you in advance for your quick reply.

Tumor Board Education Opportunity Focused on Gastric Cancer

The American College of Surgeons Cancer Research Program (ACS CRP) would like to announce a totally electronic educational opportunity focused on gastric cancer that is available to Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited sites. This project is funded by the American Cancer Society and aims to leverage local tumor boards to provide community sites with a package that will enable learning about current evidence-based treatment recommendations and guide local discussions about how to incorporate the recommendations into practice. This package includes short pre- and post-video questionnaires to be completed by all participants, a short video (10 minutes) describing the recommendations, and a discussion guide to lead a tumor board discussion regarding how this information could be implemented locally and what barriers may exist to implementation. The project has been piloted at five sites in California and has been reported to take approximately 20 to 30 minutes of time in a single tumor board meeting. All sites that have completed the activity have provided very positive feedback. Participation is entirely anonymous/confidential and can potentially be used to satisfy CoC 2020 Standards 7.4 or 8.1.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Kaitlyn Kelly, associate professor of surgery and project principal investigator, at the University of California San Diego, for further details. Study materials will be provided electronically.

Ratings and Compliance Information for CoC Operative Standards Available on the Cancer Programs Website

Commission on CancerInformation on ratings and compliance for the CoC operative standards (Standards 5.3 through 5.8) is now available on the CoC 2020 Operative Standards website. Please refer to this web page for the full implementation plan and a summary timeline. For questions related to the compliance of the operative standards, e-mail

Commission on Cancer Phone Number Change

The CoC has a new phone number: 312-202-5085. Relevant documents and webpages are in the process of being updated. Please make sure to note this update.

CoC Oncology Nursing Credentials and Survivorship Program Implementation Begin January 1, 2021

Resources to support the January 1, 2021 implementation of Commission on Cancer (CoC) Standard 4.2: Oncology Nursing Credentials and Standard 4.8: Survivorship Program are available on the CoC website and the Standards Resources Library, which can be accessed through CoC Datalinks.

Resources to support implementation of Standard 4.2 include:

  • Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) website has information on certification and continuing education (CE). The ONCC also provides an updated list of available free CE options.
  • Oncology Nursing Society also provides information on continuing education for nurses, including free options.
  • Oncology Nursing Credentials Frequently Asked Questions resource answers questions submitted by programs regarding all aspects of the standard.
  • The Oncology Nursing Credentials Template, located in CoC Datalinks, is a useful tool to track compliance throughout the accreditation cycle and can be used to demonstrate compliance with the standard. The template must be uploaded into the Pre-Review Questionnaire at least 30 days before the site visit.

Resources to support implementation of Standard 4.8 include:

  • A Frequently Asked Questions document
  • Compliance examples from a variety of programs
  • Links to toolkits and resources

The above Standard 4.8 resources may be found in the Standards Resource Library within CoC Datalinks.

Changes to CoC Chapter 6 Standards to Come

Due to the release of the Rapid Cancer Reporting System (RCRS), some Chapter 6 CoC standards will be revised for 2021.

Data Submission – Standard 6.2

This standard will be retired beginning in 2021 as complete data for all requested analytic cases will be submitted to the National Cancer Database (NCDB) in accordance with the requirements for use of RCRS.

Data Accuracy – Standard 6.3

This standard will be retired beginning in 2021 as the NCDB works to develop new methods to measure data accuracy using RCRS.
Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) Participation – Standard 6.4
This standard will be renamed RCRS Data Submission with the following requirements:

  • All new and updated cancer cases are submitted at least once each calendar month.
  • Submit all complete analytic cases for all disease sites via RCRS as specified by the annual Call for Data.
  • RCRS data and required quality measure performance rates are reviewed by the cancer committee at least twice each calendar year and documented in the Cancer Committee minutes.

The Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards) will be updated later this year to reflect the changes outlined for Standards 6.2, 6.3, and 6.4.

Download Free Breast Cancer Awareness Month Poster

Breast Cancer Awareness posterOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the Commission on Cancer (CoC) encourage your program to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month and use it as an opportunity to display and publicize your accreditation status.

To help you promote this event within your program and community, the NAPBC and CoC created a free poster that you can download, print, and display. To take advantage of this resource:

  • Programs accredited by NAPBC may log in to the NAPBC Portal and click on Marketing Resources
  • Programs accredited by the CoC may log in to CoC Datalinks and click on Marketing Resources

Please let us know how you observe this event by sending your articles, activities, and photographs to