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American College of Surgeons Launches Cancer Surgery Standards Program (CSSP)

Dear ACS Cancer Programs constituents,

We are excited to announce the launch of the Cancer Surgery Standards Program (CSSP), a new program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) dedicated to improving the quality of care for people with cancer. Composed of experts in surgical oncology, cancer registry management, and digital tools/frameworks, the CSSP will work with other ACS Cancer Programs to develop and implement evidence-based, technical standards for oncologic surgery.

Surgeons in ACS Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited facilities will soon be required to adhere to and document compliance with Standards 5.3 – 5.8 described in the 2020 CoC guidelines for accreditation, Optimal Resources for Cancer Care. These new standards establish best practices for operations conducted for breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, rectal cancer and melanoma. To support this initiative, the CSSP will develop synoptic operative reporting templates, electronic documentation tools, and educational content. Ultimately, the CSSP seeks to facilitate adoption and utilization of synoptic operative reporting tools for all major cancer operations.

To learn more about this new ACS program, we invite you to attend the CSSP program launch webcast on July 22, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Central Time. In this webcast, a panel of ACS Cancer Programs constituents will discuss the goals and objectives of the CSSP and review the synoptic operative report template for colon cancer surgery that the CSSP has produced to help CoC-accredited centers document compliance with the new CoC standards.

Participants can register online. Participation is limited to the first 3,000 registrants. We expect a large response so we suggest that each team view the webcast as a group in a safe, socially distanced setting. Due to the size of the audience, no phone dial-in is available; you must use computer audio to listen to the webcast. The webcast will be recorded and posted online for future viewing. Continuing education credit will not be available for this webcast.

Moderator: Craig Messick, MD, FACS

Panelists: Diana Dickson-Witmer, MD, FACS
Sara Holton, CTR
Matthew H.G. Katz, MD, FACS
Magesh Sundaram, MD, FACS

We also invite you to visit the new CSSP website to find additional information as well as resources we developed to educate our constituents about this new program. The following items will be posted soon on the CSSP website under Resources:

  • A review article in the ACS Bulletin with information about the origins and goals of the CSSP
  • A press release announcing the launch of the CSSP
  • Clips from video interviews with ACS and CSSP leaders about the CSSP
    • David Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director, American College of Surgeons
    • Kelly Hunt, MD, FACS, Vice-Chair, CSSP
    • Matthew Katz, MD, FACS, Chair, CSSP
    • Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Cancer Programs
  • A recording of the CoC Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery webinar held on July 8 will be available on the ACS Learning Content Management website in the coming weeks

Additionally, two virtual sessions will be presented at the upcoming ACS Quality & Safety Conference on the Operative Standards and synoptic operative reports (participate for FREE/registration required):

  • Breast Cancer Operative Standards and Synoptic Operative Reports: Bringing the evidence to your workflow (Sunday, July 26 from 8:00 to 8:50 a.m. CT) 
  • Colon and Rectal Cancer Synoptic Operative Reports: Bringing the evidence to your workflow (Sunday, July 26 from 11:00 to 11:50 a.m. CT)

News about the program, including updates on resources related to the CoC Operative Standards, will be shared with ACS Cancer Programs constituents via email and the Cancer Programs News. Follow the American College of Surgeons on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and ACS Cancer Programs on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the CSSP.

Questions about the program can be directed to


Matthew H.G. Katz, MD, FACS
Chair, Cancer Surgery Standards Program
ACS Cancer Programs

Kelly K. Hunt, MD, FACS
Vice Chair, Cancer Surgery Standards Program
Chair, ACS Cancer Research Program
ACS Cancer Programs

Amanda Francescatti, MS
Senior Manager, ACS Cancer Research Program and Cancer Surgery Standards Program
ACS Cancer Programs