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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.


Didactic Course

Cancer Programs invites you to help spread the word about the “Technical Standards for Cancer Surgery: Bringing Evidence into Practice” didactic course at Clinical Congress! This course will teach surgeons how to take technical standards from theoretical constructs and integrate them into their clinical, quality, and educational programs. Please share this flyer with the surgeons at your facility who may be interested in the course.

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Educational Videos

The CSSP’s has created 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 regularly for new videos.

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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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Standards 5.7 & 5.8 Webinar

Watch the CSSP webinar on CoC Standards 5.7 and 5.8. Topics include requirements and best practices to achieve compliance with Standards 5.7 and 5.8, guidance on auditing compliance rates at your institution, and recommendations from pathologists on how to optimize communication with surgeons.

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Synoptic Reporting Webinar

The recording and slides from the Implementation Strategies for Synoptic Operative Reporting webinar are now available. In this webinar, speakers review the synoptic operative reporting options available for CoC-accredited cancer centers and discuss the value of synoptic reporting.

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Synoptic Reporting Options

While compliance with CoC Standards 5.3–5.6 will not take effect until 2023, many programs are aware that it will take time to get electronic medical record synoptic reporting solutions in place. Programs are asking about new options available for synoptic operative reporting. We are providing the most current information about synoptic reporting solutions.

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Standards 5.3–5.8

This brief video introduces the Operative Standards and the rationale for their incorporation into the CoC accreditation standards. We recommend that all CLPs and State Chairs distribute this video to surgeons at their CoC-accredited cancer programs and encourage program staff to show the video during tumor boards.

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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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