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


The American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs benefit an array of health care professionals, patients, and facilities through standard-setting, accreditation, and educational activities. Representing leaders in cancer care and aiming to improve cancer patient care, our nationally recognized programs—the Commission on Cancer, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, the National Cancer Data Base, the American Joint Committee on Cancer—all work toward helping your program provide high-quality cancer care.

We strive to develop the best educational resources, offer useful training opportunities, advocate for you and your patients, and stay up to date on the latest cancer care trends and treatments. Learn more about what we have to offer your cancer program and the patients you serve.

Paper Competition

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is hosting a paper competition for physicians-in-training to foster the importance of oncologic research in support of its mission. National award winners will be selected and presented at the CoC Annual Meeting. The CoC has outlined eligibility, requirements, and judging criteria.

Deadline: June 30, 2015

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New NCDB Study

A new study of women with early-stage breast cancer finds that surgeons no longer universally remove most of the lymph nodes in the underarm area when a biopsy of the nearby lymph nodes shows cancer—a major change in breast cancer management. Researchers evaluated data from 2.7 million U.S. breast cancer patients using records entered into the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB).

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Cancer Events

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CoC Source

The CoC Source is a monthly newsletter for constituents of the CoC provided by the CoC and the ACoS Cancer Programs office.

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The Benefits of Accreditation

Accreditation through the ACS Commission on Cancer means that a center meets a national quality standard, establishes a framework for quality, and improves patient care.