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

About the 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, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.


Established by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) in 1922, 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; and develops effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery, and outcomes in health care settings.


CoC membership is composed of 102 individuals who either are surgeons representing the American College of Surgeons or representatives from the 56 national professional organizations or member organizations affiliated with the CoC. These individuals direct the activities of the Commission through committee work, subcommittees, and workgroups. These activities are coordinated through the Executive, Accreditation, Advocacy, Cancer Liaison, Education, Member Organization Steering, Nominating, and Quality Integration Committees, and related subcommittees and workgroups of the CoC.

Download this brochure, "Improving Cancer Care through CoC Accreditation," to learn more about the benefits of becoming a CoC-accredited cancer program.