Friday, February 5, 2016

ACS Announces Second Volume of Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery

An associate in otolaryngology head and neck surgery at Mount Nittany Physician Group in State College, Pennsylvania, Dr. James Freije provides care to adults and children. Beyond his responsibilities as a physician, Dr. James Freije is a cancer liaison representative for the American College of Surgeon’s (ACS) Cancer Committee.

Committing to promoting improved care and safety standards for surgical patients, the ACS routinely works on new standards and guidelines for both its members and the professional community as a whole. Recently, the ACS announced that it is in the process of creating the second volume of Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery with the help of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology and the ACS Commission on Cancer (CoC). This second volume is intended to focus on cancers not covered in the first volume and provide information regarding cancer surgery techniques and various care recommendations.

In June 2015, the ACS released the first volume of the Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery, which focused on cancers found in the colon, lung, breasts, and pancreas. The first standards manual of its kind, it is intended for use as a reference for researchers planning various clinical trials and to provide recommendations for a variety of procedures. The second manual is set to cover rectal, esophagus, thyroid, and gastric cancers, along with melanoma. As of yet, the ACS has not given a release date for the new volume.

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