American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Commission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard setting, which promotes cancer prevention, research, education, and monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

The multidisciplinary CoC

  • Establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care delivery in health care settings
  • Conducts surveys in health care settings to assess compliance with those standards
  • Collects standardized data from CoC-accredited health care settings to measure cancer care quality
  • Uses data to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes and enhance cancer control and clinical surveillance activities
  • Develops effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery, and outcomes in health care settings.

Individuals and representatives of more than 50 cancer-related organizations comprise the membership of the CoC and contribute to the development of the CoC standards and accreditation program.

Today, there are more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico. CoC accreditation encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of care through various cancer-related programs and activities. These programs are concerned with the full continuum of cancer—from prevention to survivorship and end-of-life-care—while addressing both survival and quality of life.

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Listening Tour

As part of the 100-year anniversary of the CoC, leadership will host 100 conversations with our constituents. This will be a first-come, first-served listening campaign with our accredited programs and member organizations, and it’s just one way for us to share our appreciation for all of you who have made the CoC so impactful over the last 100 years.

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CoC 100th Anniversary

The CoC launched its 100th Anniversary campaign at the 2021 Plenary Session. Join the celebration!

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CoC Meeting Videos

View recordings of the CoC 2021 Meetings.

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Educational Videos

The CSSP has created a playlist of brief educational videos to assist with the implementation of CoC Operative Standards 5.3 through 5.8. CLPs and State Chairs should share this resource with surgeons at their institutions and encourage program staff to check the playlist regularly for new videos.

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New Patient Brochure

The CoC is excited to announce the availability of a new patient information brochure. The brochure has been developed to help you educate your patients on what accreditation means and why receiving care at an accredited program is important. This brochure is one way to reinforce to patients your program's commitment to providing the best in cancer care.

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CoC in the Bulletin Brief

The January 2022 Bulletin highlights the CoC 100th anniversary.

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NCDB Tools 2021

Download a copy of the NCDB Tools. 

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2021 Requirements

In an email sent September 16, the specific standards required for implementation in 2021 as described in the Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards) were outlined. Programs scheduled for a site visit in 2022 will be reviewed on 2020 and 2021 program activity.

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Accreditation Brochure

Learn about how ACS Cancer Programs are improving outcomes for patients with cancer in our latest brochure.

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