CoC Brief
Apr. 3, 2013

18 million cancer survivors expected by 2022
An aging population coupled with improved treatment methods mean more people will survive cancer. But at what cost? The American Association for Cancer Research released its second Annual Report on Cancer Survivorship, which shows that the current 13.7 million cancer survivors in the U.S. will likely swell by 31 percent to 18 million by the year 2022.More

National Cancer Registrars Week
Cancer registrars throughout the world will join their colleagues, fellow medical professionals, and community leaders to observe the 17th annual National Cancer Registrars Week April 8-12. The purpose of NCRW is to emphasize the important role cancer registrars play in capturing the data that informs cancer research, prevention, and treatment programs.More

Cancer group plans massive database for real-time feedback
A massive database that will provide "second opinions times multiples" is in the works from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. It has unveiled the prototype of the system, known as The CancerLinQ network, that will track and analyze data on thousands of cancer patients in real time.More

Multiple strategies are more efficient for cervical cancer
Medical Xpress
Multiple cervical cancer screening strategies that maximize early detection of high-grade disease without excessive increases in initial testing appear to be most effective, according to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.More

New test could help detect pancreatic cancer early
Medical News Today
A new diagnostic test that uses a scientific method called metabolomic analysis could help detect pancreatic cancer early, and therefore, improve the prognosis of patients with the disease. In the study, the investigators looked at the effectiveness of metabolomic analysis as a diagnostic method for pancreatic cancer. The novel technique was proven successful in the results.More

Bowel cancer rate among men rises by nearly 30 percent in 35 years
The Guardian
Bowel cancer rates among men have soared by more than a quarter in the last 35 years, while women have experienced a rise of only 6 percent, according to a report from Cancer Research UK. Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the U.K. after lung cancer. Incidence of the disease has climbed from 45 cases per 100,000 men in 1975-77 to 58 cases in 2008-10, a rise of 29 percent, said the report.More

Learn how surgeons can get involved in oncology clinical trials
American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program
If you plan to attend the American Society of Breast Surgeons meeting May 1-5 in Chicago be sure to attend the surgical investigators meeting from 12:30-1:30 p.m. May 4 in the Columbia Room at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. Sponsored by the American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, this lunch meeting will provide an informal venue for surgical investigators to network with one another about how to navigate the often complex world of oncology clinical trials. Speakers at the session will present information on Alliance breast cancer trials and how individual surgeons can get more involved in research opportunities and clinical trials offered by the ACS CRP and the Alliance. For more information, please

After Chemo
The Scientist
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.65 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2013. For many cancers, the prognosis will be very good. For example, 90 percent of breast cancer patients will survive their cancers for at least 5 years. But while cancer chemotherapy is lifesaving, it also has a number of post-treatment adverse effects. More

Registration now open for Survey Savvy 2013
Commission on Cancer
Plan to attend the Commission on Cancer Survey Savvy education program June 27-28 in Chicago. Developed to provide information and tools for meeting the standard, the program highlights a variety of successful strategies implemented by facilities to meet the patient-focused and quality standards. Panel presenters will facilitate a series of breakout sessions where participants will be engaged in developing an action plan to address challenging issues in their cancer program. Additional information on the program will be available soon.More

Scientists discover new DNA regions associated with 3 cancers
Los Angeles Times
A massive gene-hunting effort involving hundreds of scientists has identified 74 newly discovered regions of DNA that are associated with breast, ovarian and prostate cancers — diseases that strike about half a million Americans every year. The international project, known as the Collaborative Oncological Gene-environment Study, or COGS, nearly doubled the number of genetic markers known to be linked with the three cancers, scientists reported.More

Survey Savvy preconference RQRS workshop
Commission on Cancer
Commission on Cancer accredited programs have access to a number of data tools. Make sure that you are taking full advantage of the information available from the Rapid Quality Reporting System by attending this important half-day preconference in Chicago on June 26. Learn how to navigate the system, how to use the system for quality improvement, and how current users have successfully implemented and use RQRS within their cancer programs.More

Breast cancer gene tests won't help most women
The benefits of genetic testing to assess the risk of breast and ovarian cancers linked to the BRCA gene are limited to a small number of women, a new report indicates.More

Registration open for Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation workshop
National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
Registration is now open for the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers' one-day workshop — Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation at the American College of Surgeons' headquarters in Chicago on May 24. This workshop will provide detailed information related to the NAPBC components and standards, survey process, the quality measures and related requirements for 2013 and beyond. Attendance at this workshop will assist centers applying for accreditation, as well as centers due for reaccreditation in 2013. If you have questions, please contact the NAPBC office at 312-202-5185, or by email at Online registration is now open.More