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Commission on Cancer

NCDB Call for Data, Process for Submitting Multiple Files at Once

During the scheduled National Cancer Database 2021 Call for Data (June 1–June 30), we are expecting a high volume of submissions across all participating programs, which may result in longer than usual upload times. To further enhance the upload experience, the Rapid Cancer Reporting System (RCRS) will be updated to allow users to upload multiple files in a consecutive manner to avoid having to wait for a single file to complete processing before uploading the next. With this new enhancement, users will be able to submit additional files while previous submissions are in progress. Please note, the acceptance of the file in RCRS does not mean that the file upload is complete, it is an indication of the receipt of the file. Users should check back at a later time to view the status of the file and confirm processing was successful. Please wait for the uploaded file to be completed in order to avoid uploading the same file multiple times. A detailed procedure for this enhancement, "NCDB 2021 Call for Data Submission Resource," is located in the RCRS Library.

Update on CoC Standard 6.4 Compliance

The Commission on Cancer has become aware of a cyber incident with one of our hospital registry software vendors. Due to the inability of the affected programs to submit data to the Rapid Cancer Reporting System for April and May 2021 to meet compliance with CoC Standard 6.4, the CoC will give all accredited programs a "pass" for submission for these two months. No additional follow up is needed by programs to verify compliance with Standard 6.4 for April and May.

CoC Now Seeking New Members

The multidisciplinary Commission on Cancer is seeking applications for early-career Fellows interested in advancing the priorities of the CoC to improve the quality of cancer care delivery across the U.S. We encourage applications from women, minorities, those of diverse backgrounds and specialties, and applicants from rural and community settings to contribute to our work. There are eight vacancies we are seeking to fill that will begin in October 2021.

The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Membership on the CoC requires a commitment to:

  • Serve on, attend, and contribute to the work of one of five working committees that meet quarterly.
  • Attend two in-person meetings that take place in the spring and the fall (once travel is possible again). Travel is supported by the CoC.

Members are appointed to a three-year term and are eligible for re-appointment to a second three-year term based on performance, which includes an assessment of meeting attendance and engagement.

Interested applicants are encouraged to review the CoC website and CoC Membership Fact Sheet to become familiar with the mission, history, membership, committees, structure, and activities of the CoC. If interested in applying, submit the following items to by May 31:

  • A letter of self-nomination that addresses what expertise and diversity you would bring to the CoC, considering its mission of accreditation and quality, and why you are interested in serving on the CoC
  • A current CV or biographical sketch

The CoC's Nominating Committee reviews all applications and contacts those confirmed by the CoC Executive Committee in the fall. Initial terms are for three years beginning in October. Questions? Please contact Julia Francescatti at