Collaborative Staging Changes

August 23, 2013

After careful consideration, the American Joint Committee on Cancer AJCC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Commission on Cancer (CoC), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have determined that it is not feasible to continue support of Collaborative Staging beyond diagnosis year 2015. Beginning with cases diagnosed in 2016 support of Collaborative Stage will cease and CDC, CoC and NCI will transition to direct coding of the AJCC TNM staging. We believe that direct coding of AJCC along with the careful collection of clinically significant biomarkers and prognostic factors will provide our programs with a more precise and stable method for the collection of staging data that is positioned to keep pace with future medical advances. The Canadian Council of Cancer Registries (CCCR) is aware of the forthcoming changes and has started a process to determine how staging will continue in Canada.

2014 and 2015 will be a transition period for all of us. During this transition the Collaborative Stage v2.05 Data Collection System will be used. At the same time the AJCC, CDC, CoC, NCI and CCCR will devote resources and support for training and other activities to ensure the continued collection of high quality data. Training will focus on procedures for directly coding clinical and pathological AJCC T, N, and M and stage group, as well as identifying optimal methods to capture biomarkers and prognostic factors. Although planning for this transition is just beginning we will be depending on the surveillance community, in coordination with NAACCR and NCRA, for expertise and insights into effective training development and delivery; and the needed changes in reporting standards and software as we move forward. Together we will build new processes which will ensure the continued collection of high quality data to inform research based on more meaningful clinical information and improve our ability to support best practices for patient care.

2012 WCRA BY-LAWS

WCRA 2012 Bylaws Report                                                        August 22, 2012

At the WCRA Annual Meeting (Fall 2011) a proposal was made to change wording from active to member and the category of associate member to be abolished. This action would require a change to the WCRA Bylaws. The following change is proposed and must be ratified by 2/3 of the membership.

Article III

Membership

SECTION 1:  The classes of membership shall be divided as follows:

CURRENT WORDING

A.  ACTIVE

An active member shall be one who is directly involved with any or all facets of Cancer Registry work; that is, one who works directly with the operation, function or supervision of Cancer Registry and has paid the current dues.  Active members who left the Cancer Registry field may renew as active members.  An active member shall be entitled to full membership privileges including the right to vote, to hold office, to serve as chairman or member of a committee, and to receive printed matter of the Association.

B:  ASSOCIATE:

An associate member is one who is not directly involved with the Cancer Registry work itself, but has an interest in Cancer Registry work or in the field of oncology and has paid current dues.  An associate member is entitled to limited membership privileges including the right to receive printed matter of the Association and to serve as chairman or member of the committee.  An associate member cannot vote nor hold office.

PROPOSED CHANGE

Article III

Membership

SECTION 1:  Membership shall be defined as follows:

 MEMBER

A member shall be one who is directly involved with any or all facets of Cancer Registry work; that is, one who works directly with the operation, function or supervision of Cancer Registry or one who is not directly involved with the Cancer Registry work itself, but has an interest in Cancer Registry work or in the field of oncology and has paid the current dues.  A member shall be entitled to full membership privileges including the right to vote, to hold office, to serve as chairman or member of a committee, and to receive printed or electronic material from the Association.

 

To be proposed at Fall 2012 meeting for vote:

CURRENT WORDING

SECTION 4:

Membership dues for the fiscal year are payable at the Annual Meeting. Members who have not paid their dues by the end of the Annual Meeting will be notified that membership will be forfeited if dues are not received by December 31st.

 

SECTION 5:

New members who join the organization after May 1st will be charged one-half the amount of the annual dues.

PROPOSED CHANGE

SECTION 4:

Membership dues for the fiscal year are payable at the Annual Meeting. Members who have not paid their dues by the end of the Annual Meeting will be notified that membership will be forfeited if dues are not received by December 31st.

All membership dues, renewal and new,  will only be accepted from the Fall Meeting until December 31.

STRIKE SECTION 5

Repsectively submitted,

Pat Recely, Bylaws Chair