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.

Extension Granted

The College is granting an extension of one year for hospitals currently accredited and verified. This additional year will extend the standard three-year verification to a four-year verification, for sites in good standing.

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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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CLP Survey

A survey regarding the development of new educational materials and resources was sent to all Cancer Liaison Physicians (CLPs) March 19, 2020. The deadline for CLPs to complete the survey is April 15. Please contact Melissa Leeb with any questions.

Workshop Postponed

The ACS Accreditation Programs: New Content for a New Decade has been rescheduled for December 2–4, 2020 in Rosemont, IL.

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2020 Call for Data

The NCDB 2020 Call for Data submission window is now open (open window dates January 1–May 31, 2020). 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 Call for Data 2019. 

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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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