80% by 2018 initiative aimed at increasing colorectal
cancer (CRC) screening to 80 percent of all Americans ages 50 and older and is assisting the Illinois
Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition with its
state screening plan.
The CoC and the National Colorectal Cancer
Roundtable held a Hospital Strategy meeting to discuss the role of hospitals in the 80% by 2018 initiative.
Two publications resulted: What Can Hospitals Do to
Advance 80% by 2018? and What Can Gastroenterologists
and Endoscopists Do to Advance 80% by 2018? The latter
was co-branded by the ACS and other national medical organizations.
The Third Annual Advocacy Committee Planning
Meeting took place February 8− 9 in Washington,
DC. After a robust discussion of legislative and regulatory policy issues affecting the quality of cancer
care, committee members went to Capitol Hill to
discuss five pending bills:
•Resolution Recognizing CoC Accreditation
•Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act
•Cancer Care Payment Reform Act
•Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act
•Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment Act
The College’s Clinical Research Program (ACS CRP)
plans to publish Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery,
Volume 2, which will cover the areas of esophagus,
gastric, melanoma, rectum, and thyroid cancer sur-
gery, in 2017. Controversies in Surgical Oncology—a
series of 10 articles being published in Annals of Sur-
gical Oncology—is based on chapters from Volume
One. Discussion of a pediatric surgery edition of
Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery is under way.
Two new CRP studies were approved for funding
by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
use the NCDB special study mechanism.
The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC)
published the eighth edition of the Cancer Staging
Manual in October 2016. The new standards take
effect January 1, 2017.
Interest in the National Accreditation Program for
Breast Centers (NAPBC) remains strong. More than 600
U.S. centers have NAPBC accreditation. A team of six
cross-trained surveyors perform these collaborative
surveys. Seven new surveyors were recruited in June
to accommodate program growth, bringing the surveyor team to 40. The Cancer Programs leadership
team continues to identify opportunities for increased
collaboration between the CoC and NAPBC.
The ACS now has 78,297 members; 64,329 are Fellows
(57,263 U.S., 1,330 Canadian, and 5,736 International).
Of these Fellows, 8,145 are senior status, and 18,580 are
retired; both groups are dues-exempt. From August 1,
2015, to August 1, 2016, 1, 116 Associate Fellows joined the
College for a total of 2,543 Associate Fellow members;
3,426 residents became members for a total of 9,278 Resident Members; 1,213 medical students became members
for a total of 1,858 Medical Student Members; and 197 affiliate members joined for a total of 289 Affiliate Members.
This year’s Initiate class totals 1,823 with 1,256 U. S.,
21 Canadian, and 546 international Initiates from 69
countries; 384 Initiates are women, and 1,439 are men.
Class size continues to rise and is at its highest point.
Member Services has engaged in the following
recruitment and retention initiatives:
• The Realize the Potential of Your Profession campaign
continued this year with networking events in Sacramento, CA; Seattle, WA; and New York, N Y. More than
30 individuals attended each event.
• A new Fellows survey was conducted to determine areas
for improvement and reasons for becoming members.