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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.

Technical Standards Didactic Course

The Technical Standards for Cancer Surgery: Bringing Evidence into Practice didactic course is an outstanding opportunity to learn how to take technical standards from theoretical constructs to fundamental components of surgical practices and programs. Registration is open through May 1 and sessions can be viewed through September 30.

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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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