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Commission on Cancer

CoC QPort Update: Why Are We Moving to the ACS Quality Portal?

The Commission on Cancer is pleased to announce that it will transition from CoC Datalinks to the American College of Surgeon Quality Portal (QPort) this fall.

ACS developed QPort as a standard online system for managing all ACS accreditation/verification program activities, including the CoC, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, and the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer.

This is part of a larger effort, launched in 2017, to align the operational aspects of the accreditation and verification programs at ACS. The goals of the initiative were to:

  • Align the accreditation/verification standards with common domains
  • Provide a unified software solution to support the accreditation/verification programs while maintaining flexibility so that each individual program can maintain its unique structure
  • Align select business processes to improve the customer experience (for example, nomenclature, invoicing, site visit scheduling, hospital and reviewer resources, and virtual site visits)

Both the NAPBC and NAPRC are already managed through the ACS Quality Portal. The CoC will move its accreditation program to the portal in late summer. After the move, a user will be able to log into one system and manage CoC, NAPBC, and NAPRC accreditations all in one place.

Over the course of the next several weeks, we will have articles in Cancer Programs News that will:

  • Introduce new sections within the CoC QPort
  • Explain processes
  • Announce the release of various sections within QPort
  • Announce the release of the Pre-Review Questionnaire (PRQ)

We will continue to share information about the transition into QPort in Cancer Programs News as it develops. Please check back!

Deadline Extended for CoC Paper Competition

The CoC has extended the deadline for the annual Research Paper Competition for physicians-in-training to Friday, July 9. This year, papers can be submitted under one of two categories: clinical research or basic science. Judging is based on originality, scientific merit, and clinical relevance to oncology and the mission of the CoC. The first-place winners will receive a $1,000 honorarium plus an opportunity to present the research at the CoC's Plenary Session in October 2021. Second- and third-place winners will each receive $500 cash. More information on eligibility, requirements, and awards is available on the CoC website.

CoC Launches New CLP Award Program

The CoC Cancer Liaison Program is launching a new award program to recognize outstanding performance by Cancer Liaison Physicians (CLPs) in their role as the physician quality leaders of their cancer programs. According to the CoC Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards), CLPs are integral and required members of a CoC-accredited cancer program's cancer committee who are expected to fulfill the responsibilities within Standards 2.2, 7.1, and 7.3. Additionally, they serve as a liaison with the local American Cancer Society staff and facilitate their participation on the cancer committee as well as communicate with their state/regional CoC State Chair.

CLPs can be nominated by any member of an accredited program's Cancer Committee, CoC site reviewers, and/or State Chairs. To submit a nomination, please complete this survey by August 15. The CoC State Chairs CLP Education Advisory Group will choose the winners by September 15. Those chosen to receive the CLP Outstanding Performance Award will receive a plaque and will be recognized in ACS Cancer Programs communications vehicles, including in Cancer Programs News and on the ACS Cancer Programs social media channels, as well as at the October CoC Plenary Session.

Please contact Melissa Leeb at or Danielle Lopez at if you have any questions.