Cancer Committee

To advance the role of pathologists as leaders in oncology worldwide and to serve as a resource in cancer-related patient care, education, and research.

This committee reports to the Council on Scientific Affairs. View a list of the Current Committee Members and find additional resources and information in the Cancer Topic Center.

Time Commitment Requirements
Number of face-to-face meetings 3
Length of meetings 1.5 days
Typical meeting days Friday and Saturday
Meeting locations Meetings are typically held at a location less than 50 miles from an airport. One meeting per year is held in Chicago.
Number of conference calls None regularly planned but are scheduled as needed.
Hours/year of committee work required outside of meetings Members 20-30, Vice-Chair 30-40, Chair 75+
Additional travel or time commitments Attendance at Council on Scientific Affairs Leadership meeting for chair.

Activities of Committee

  • Provide scientific expertise to CAP regarding the practice of surgical pathology and the reporting of cancer specimens.
  • Create new and review existing reporting checklists case summaries and the supporting protocol material for reporting on cancer specimens from various anatomic sites.
  • Monitor new and emerging issues/practices/technologies in surgical and anatomical pathology that may impact CAP members.
  • Support other CAP committees and programs in anatomic pathology as suitable.
  • Contribute to CAP publications (eg, chapters in the Quality Management in Anatomic Pathology manual, CAP TODAY articles, Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine articles).
  • Review and recommend changes to the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program checklists.
  • Participate in educational programs at annual CAP and other pathology organization's meetings.

Expertise or Experience

  • Candidates should possess a strong interest in promoting the practice of surgical pathology focusing on improving the reporting of cancer specimens.

Benefits of Committee Membership

  • Opportunity to meet and work with pathologists from a variety of practice settings
  • Opportunity to publish materials
  • Opportunity to speak at education events
  • Opportunity to participate in developing recommendations for the practice of pathology

Representation on Committee Beyond the CAP

The cancer committee has an inbound liaison from the following organizations:

  • The American College of Radiology (ACR)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO)
  • The American College of Surgeons (ACoS)
  • Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • The National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • The National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA)
  • North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACR)
  • Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA)

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