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.

Statement Released

Recognizing the importance and value that expanded access to genetic testing and counseling services have on quality cancer care for all patients, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Advocacy Committee developed a statement in support of increased access to cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, and genetic testing services as outlined in its accreditation standard 4.4.

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Important Update

The leadership and staff of the Commission on Cancer, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, and the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer are committed to the health and safety of our participating accredited program staff, health care professionals, physicians, and their patients. 

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2020 Site Visit FAQs

An FAQ document has been developed to assist CoC, NAPBC, and NAPRC program participants with the changes that have been put in place by the American College of Surgeons to postpone accreditation and verification site visits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Resources

The American College of Surgeons is compiling and distributing information on the impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the health care setting. Visit the ACS COVID-19 section for updates.

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COVID-19 Webinars

ACS Cancer Programs have developed a series of webinars addressing multidisciplinary  management of breast, thoracic, and colorectal cancers and the delay of care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Join a Committee

The College depends on volunteers from its diverse membership to drive the mission and initiatives of the organization in support of the surgical profession. Serving on an ACS Committee is a great opportunity for surgeons to network with colleagues, progress to leadership positions, expand their professional sphere, and contribute to patient care.

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2020 Call for Data

The NCDB 2020 Call for Data submission window deadline will be extended to August 31, 2020 (11:59 pm CST) for submissions and corrections. 2020 submission specifications include all analytic cases diagnosed on or after 2004 or the program’s reference date from 2018 plus any cases added or changed since the 2019 Call for Data.

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Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are now being accepted for the Commission on Cancer 2020 Cancer Research Paper Competition. Submit your abstract by June 30.

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