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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 Plan Guidelines

In 2022, CoC-accredited programs are required to document formal plans for how they will incorporate synoptic operative reporting to meet the requirements of CoC Standards 5.3–5.6 by January 1, 2023. The following framework and recommendations provide further guidance regarding these implementation plans.

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Standards 5.3 & 5.4 Webinar

The CSSP recently hosted a webinar on CoC Standards 5.3 and 5.4 for breast cancer to review the requirements and purpose of these standards as well as best practices for achieving compliance. Register to watch the recording.

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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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2022 Site Visit Preparation

During this webinar, panelists from the CSSP and CoC review the requirements of Standards 5.7 and 5.8, discuss the site review process for these standards in 2022, and review available resources. Register to watch the recording.

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Visual Abstract

A visual abstract-style infographic detailing the definition, benefits, and timeline for synoptic operative reporting for CoC Standards 5.3 through 5.6 is now available to download. We recommend reviewing and sharing this resource to become familiar with the requirements of these upcoming standards.

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SurgOnc Today™ Podcasts

In collaboration with the CSSP, the Society of Surgical Oncology has developed a series of podcasts on the CoC Operative Standards. Tune in to learn more about the standards, what they are, and why they are so important.

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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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