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The Brief: January 16, 2020

ACS Cancer Programs Updates

Register today for February 12 CAnswer Forum LIVE Webinar

Registration is now open for the next CAnswer Forum LIVE webinar from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm CST on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. In this webinar we will address the new 2020 Commission on Cancer (CoC) Standards and answer questions from cancer programs throughout the United States. Please submit your questions for this free webinar by 3:00 PM CST on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs is applying for continuing education credits from the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) for all upcoming 2020 CAnswer Forum LIVE webinars. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

  • CAnswer Forum LIVE—May 6, 2020
  • CAnswer Forum LIVE—June 10, 2020
  • CAnswer Forum LIVE—August 5, 2020
  • CAnswer Forum LIVE—October 14, 2020
  • CAnswer Forum LIVE—December 9, 2020

In last month’s CAnswer Forum LIVE webinar, we addressed questions from more than 550 individuals on a variety of topics, including CoC, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) Standards. If you missed previous CAnswer Forum LIVE sessions, visit our website to view the recordings and download the slides.

Deadline extended to submit a cancer-focused topic for ACS Clinical Congress 2021

The deadline to submit a topic for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2021 has been extended through January 31. Submit your cancer-focused topic to be presented at the Clinical Congress 2021 through the online tool. Clinical Congress 2021 will be held October 24–28, 2021, in Washington, DC. Anyone is welcome to submit a topic proposal; the staff and education committees will work with you to identify an ACS Fellow to moderate the session.

Please make sure to include your name and contact information in the online tool as well as the following information:

  • Title of topic that focuses on a major organ system (for example, lung, breast, GI)
  • Program description (no longer than 125 words)
  • Suggested moderator Don’t delay.

Submit your proposed topic today!

ACS Cancer Programs now on Facebook, Twitter

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs is now on Facebook and Twitter. Follow our new pages for the latest news and updates from all Cancer Programs, including the ACS Cancer Research Program (ACS CRP), American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), Commission on Cancer (CoC), National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) and National Cancer Database (NCDB).

Cracking the code to clinical trial enrollment: How to start and who can help

Are you a surgeon interested in participating in clinical trials but are unsure how to get started? A new webinar and resource deck developed through the American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program (ACS CRP) was designed to help guide surgeons through the administrative and regulatory requirements needed to participate in clinical trials. This webinar will detail how to obtain a Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) Identity and Access Management (IAM) ID, how to register with the National Cancer Institute (NCI)’s Registration and Credential Repository (RCR), and how to complete enhanced training requirements such as Good Clinical Practice (GCP). The webinar will also and provide information about the NCI Biosketch, Financial Disclosure Form and Agent Shipment Form.

Registration open for April accreditation conference

Registration is now open for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Accreditation Programs: New Content for a New Decade conference. Learn about the new Commission on Cancer (CoC) Standards for 2020, as well as best practices for the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Join us on April 22–24, 2020, at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL.

Three consecutive days of live programming will cover the following:

  • CoC Educational Summit—April 22
  • National Cancer Database (NCDB) Half-Day Workshop—April 23 (morning)
  • NAPBC Best Practices Conference—April 23 (afternoon) and all day April 24
All members of the multidisciplinary care team at health care facilities that treat patients with cancer are invited to attend, including, but not limited to:
  • Cancer committee members
  • Genetics professionals
  • Navigators
  • Nurses
  • Physicians (Cancer Liaison Physicians)
  • Program leadership (cancer program administrators, breast program directors, breast program leaders)
  • Registrars
  • Social workers

Please note, registration is limited to the first 200 participants. To learn more about the programs, please visit the event website.

Promote World Cancer Day with free marketing resources

February 4, 2020, marks the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day, an international effort to build awareness and encourage action in the areas of cancer prevention, detection and treatment. World Cancer Day is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) with a goal to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer.

The Commission on Cancer (CoC), the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) encourage your program to observe World Cancer Day and use it as an opportunity to promote your CoC, NAPRC and/or NAPBC accreditation status.

To help you promote this event within your program and the community, the CoC, NAPRC and NAPBC have developed a poster available for download and printing. Programs that hold CoC, NAPRC and NAPBC accreditations can access the poster at the Marketing Resources link on CoC Datalinks. For programs that are solely NAPBC accredited, log into the NAPBC Portal and click on Resources.

Additional resources can be found on the World Cancer Day website. If you have questions, contact Sue Rubin.

2020 Jacobson Promising Investigator Award accepting submissions

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is accepting nominations for the 16th Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award to be conferred in 2020. This award has been established to recognize outstanding surgeons who are engaged in research that advances the art and science of surgery and who demonstrate early promise of significant contribution to the practice of surgery and the safety of surgical patients. The award is funded through a generous endowed fund established by the donors and administered by the ACS Surgical Research Committee (SRC).

To be considered for the 2020 award, applications must be submitted on or before February 21. 2020. Visit the award website to submit documentation and nomination materials. For additional information, please contact

Submit abstracts for the 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has issued a call for abstracts to be presented at its 2020 Quality and Safety Conference, July 24–27 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN. The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 2, 2020.

Individuals at participating sites are encouraged to submit a 250-word abstract for poster and/or podium presentation. The abstract should relate to surgical quality improvement initiatives, including the development, implementation, or validation of best practices within one or more of the ACS Quality Programs. Submission categories for ACS Cancer Programs include the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Note that abstracts that have been submitted or recently presented at other meetings are eligible for presentation at the ACS Quality and Safety Conference. Previous presentation of a paper does not prohibit the presentation or publication of the material at the Quality and Safety Conference.

Inquiries may be directed to or 312-202-5319.

ACS Cancer Programs offer career opportunities for CTRs

The American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs has two exciting career opportunities at its home office in Chicago, IL, for Certified Tumor Registrars (CTR) or CTR-eligible professionals with the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) and the National Cancer Database (NCDB).

For details, visit the American College of Surgeons website:

AJCC Technical Specialist

NCDB User Support Specialist

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online; however, if you have questions, please contact Cindy McWilliams, Talent Manager, at 312-202-5492 or


ACS CRP news featured in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program (ACS CRP) was featured in two articles in the January issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.

CoC News

CoC Paper Competition accepting submissions through June 30

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is currently accepting submissions for the Annual Cancer Research Paper Competition, which recognizes residents and fellows-in-training for their original research. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium plus travel expenses to present the research at the CoC’s Annual Meeting on October 4, 2020, during the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Chicago, IL. The entry will be considered for publication in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The authors of the second- and third-place winning abstracts will each receive a $500 cash award. Submissions are being accepted through June 30, 2020, at


NAPBC now accepting proposals for April Best Practices Conference

We invite you to submit a best practice for consideration as an oral presentation or poster at the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) Best Practices Conference on April 23–24, 2020, in Rosemont, IL. The deadline to submit your abstract proposal is January 31, 2020. Proposals should come from NAPBC-accredited centers and fall into one of four categories of best practice topics:

  • Innovation
  • Problem Solving
  • Efficiency
  • Achievement

This is a great opportunity to showcase your important work to improve the care for patients with breast cancer and diseases of the breast.

Submit your proposal online today!


NCDB seeks CTR speaker for April workshop

Building on the successful presentations of Leah Kiesow and Cindy Traylor-Richards at the November 2019 Commission on Cancer (CoC) Educational Summit, the National Cancer Database (NCDB) is seeking a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) to speak at the upcoming April 23 workshop in Rosemont, IL. The brief (15 to 20 minute) presentation should focus on the approach of the CTR’s registry program to concurrent abstracting with the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) and the future Rapid Cancer Reporting System (RCRS). Interested individuals can contact the NCDB at

The NCDB Workshop is part of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Accreditation Programs: New Content for a New Decade conference, April 22–24, 2020.