Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery: Standards 5.3 - 5.8

In 2020, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) introduced new accreditation standards, Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards), that have undergone a significant change to focus on the provision of high-quality and measurable care. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality Programs focus on the four principles of quality care: set the standards, build the right infrastructure, collect robust data, and verify through a third party. The CoC 2020 Standards take the next step in focusing on quality by defining the optimal resources for cancer care in areas that were not addressed by previous standards, including defining the critical elements essential for surgical success and the rapid capture and reporting of data that can be used to drive quality improvement efforts.

With an eye toward facilitating the success of CoC-accredited programs, each webinar in the Meeting the 2020 Standards for Optimal Cancer Care series will discuss the value of a specific new standard or standards, describe important new requirements for each standard, and offer recommendations for implementing the changes in accredited programs across the country.

This webinar gives an overview of the six operative standards in the 2020 CoC Standards and identifies how these standards for performing cancer surgery and synoptic operative reports improve care.

Target Audience

  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Cancer Committee Chairs
  • Cancer Liaison Physicians
  • Cancer Program Administrators
  • Certified Tumor Registrars
  • Oncology Nurses

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the rationale that lead to the Standards changes.
  • Describe the key changes affecting patient care.
  • Formulate strategies to address new requirements.
  • Learn about new resources, templates, and online education to support the new standards.


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 Certificate of Completion
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

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The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation.

Presenter and Moderator Disclosures


Matthew H.G. Katz, MD, FACS – Nothing to disclose
Associate Professor 
Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery 
MD Anderson Cancer Center 
Houston, TX 


Kelly K. Hunt, MD FACS – Merck & Co.: Stipend: Medical Advisory Board; Armada Health: Stipend: Medical Advisory Board; 
Endomagnetics: Institutional Research Funding: PI; Lumicell, OncoNano: Institutional Research Funding: PI

Professor & Chair
Department of Breast Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Planning Committee Disclosures

Asa Carter, MBA, CTR  – Nothing to disclose
Chantel Ellis – Nothing to disclose
Amanda Francescatti, MS – Nothing to disclose
Linda Zheng – Nothing to disclose
Connie Bura – Nothing to disclose
Vicki Chiappetta – Nothing to disclose
Erin DeKoster – Nothing to disclose
Lauren Dyer – Nothing to disclose
Carolyn Jones – Nothing to disclose
Susanne Kessler – Nothing to disclose
Ryan McCabe – Nothing to disclose
Sue Rubin – Nothing to disclose
Andrea Scrementi – Nothing to disclose
Karen Stachon – Nothing to disclose
Ingrid Katauskas – Nothing to disclose


Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 Certificate of Completion
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