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Cancer Research Program

The mission of the Alliance/American College of Surgeons Cancer Research Program (ACS CRP) is to reduce the impact of cancer by increasing knowledge and awareness of new evidence and practice standards; increasing the participation of community oncology surgeons in cancer research and cancer care activities; developing and implementing evidence-based practices in surgical oncology; and creating opportunities for meaningful health services research.


The program has four committees with unique goals and activities that work together to reach the program's overall research goals. These committees include:

The Principal Investigator and Director of the ACS CRP is Kelly Hunt MD, chair and professor, department of breast surgical oncology, division of surgery, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The ACS CRP was created when the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG), and Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) merged to form the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (Alliance) in 2012. The ACS CRP benefits from a close relationship with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Commission on Cancer (CoC)—organizations that can help validate and disseminate research from the Alliance. Together these groups share responsibility for developing surgical standards for use in Alliance clinical trial protocols and CoC accreditation in addition to disseminating new evidence-based knowledge.

Get Involved

The Alliance and the ACS CRP offer many opportunities for surgeons involved in the care of cancer patients to get involved in the research and development of evidence-based practices in surgical oncology.

Follow CRP on Twitter at @AmColSurgCancer (use the hashtag #ACSCRP) and Facebook at @AmColSurgCancer.

Tumor Board Series

The ACS CRP developed the Tumor Board Educational Series to address a gap that remains between oncology trial data publication and incorporation into practice. The goal of this video series is to utilize the multidisciplinary tumor board setting to improve knowledge of clinical trial data and increase integration of clinical trial findings into practice. Each course in the series will include a short video describing the findings, as well as a discussion guide to help decide how this information could be implemented locally. These resources are available online at no charge.

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Clinical Trials Course

The Designing and Running a Prospective Surgical Clinical Trial course, originally sponsored by the ACS CRP and the ACS Surgical Research Committee at Clinical Congress 2019, is now available for CME Credit online. This course focuses on the methodology of design and implementation of a clinical trial for surgeons interested in developing and leading a prospective trial.

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2020 CoC Standards

The Commission on Cancer 2020 Standards include six new Operative Standards, developed from standards described in Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery Volumes I & II. Learn how to incorporate these standards into your practice.

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Operative Standards

The Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery, Volumes 1 & 2 offer concrete, evidence-based recommendations on cancer surgery techniques critical to achieving optimal outcomes. Available for purchase in both print and electronic formats, including individual disease sites, and for Kindle.

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Video Series

The Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery Video Series is designed to help surgeons incorporate evidence-based techniques into their practice.

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ACS CRP Articles

The Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons is the College’s member magazine, containing articles on topics that affect surgical practice and the surgical profession. Each issue, the ACS CRP publishes an article in the Bulletin related to clinical trials in cancer.

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