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Surgical Cancer Patient Education

As a cancer patient, receiving treatment at a cancer center that is accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons will ensure that you are receiving quality cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer centers are located throughout the United States, in both rural and metropolitan settings. Please click on the link below to locate a CoC-accredited center near you.

Cancer Resources

Commission on Cancer
Clinical Trials
American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute

Cancer Treatment Facilities

Approximately 75 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients in the United States are treated in CoC-accredited facilities. Approval as a cancer center is granted only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment and are able to comply with established CoC standards. Each cancer program must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with the CoC standards every three years. Participating programs are concerned with the continuum of care from prevention and early detection, pretreatment evaluation, and staging, to optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services, and end-of-life care. There are currently 1,432 CoC-approved cancer programs. These programs diagnose and/or treat 80 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients annually. You can find an approved cancer center here and then go to the bottom of the page to “Find a CoC Cancer Program Near You."

Cancer Treatment Guidelines