American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Cancer Surgery Standards Program

The Cancer Surgery Standards Program (CSSP) has been developed to improve the quality of surgical care provided to people with cancer.

The CSSP aims to improve care by setting evidence-based standards for the technical conduct of oncologic surgery and educating surgeons to help them meet those standards. To support implementation and adherence, the CSSP builds and disseminates tools, including synoptic operative report templates and the associated electronic infrastructure.

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


Implementation of CoC Operative Standards Webinar

On March 28 the CSSP will host a webinar on the Implementation of CoC Operative Standards, focusing on requirements for the CoC Standards 5.3-5.6 and solutions for synoptic operative reporting. All staff of CoC programs are welcome to attend.

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Recommendations on Self Auditing

Performing a self-audit during the 2022 calendar year is recommended to prepare for the synoptic operative reporting requirements of Standards 5.3-5.8 to avoid future gaps in compliance.

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Standard 5.5 Webinar

CSSP recently hosted a webinar on CoC Standard 5.5 for melanoma. Register to watch the recording.

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Visual Abstract

The CSSP recently developed a visual abstract-style infographic detailing the compliance requirements, review process and timeline for the site visit process.

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Operative Standards Toolkit

The CSSP has created the "Operative Standards Toolkit", a page organized by topic with direct links to all the educational materials available to support the implementation of CoC Standards 5.3 through 5.8.

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Educational Videos

The CSSP has created a playlist of brief educational videos to assist with the implementation of CoC Operative Standards 5.3 through 5.8. CLPs and State Chairs should share this resource with surgeons at their institutions and encourage program staff to check the playlist regularly for new videos.

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