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Cancer Program Standards (2016 Edition)

2016 CoC Standards Manual

The Commission on Cancer’s (CoC) Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care (2016 Edition) encompasses the requirements cancer programs must meet to earn and maintain CoC accreditation.

The manual includes standards to promote patient-centered cancer care, including the delivery of genetic testing and counseling, the development of survivorship care plans, and mechanisms to address psychosocial distress and health care disparities and barriers. The standards have been enhanced with clarifications and improved language to help with the comprehension of the compliance criteria.

The 2016 edition requirements in this manual are effective January 1, 2016 (with the exception of the 2017 phase-in standards) and followed to demonstrate compliance with CoC standards.

Standards identified as “phase-in” go into effect January 1, 2017. Programs must be in compliance with the standard criteria by that date. Cancer programs will be rated on the standard compliance criteria that were in place for the activity years prior to the phase-in date.

At the time of survey, activity years prior to 2016 will be rated at survey based on the previous CoC Standards Manual (V1.2.1). For example, programs surveyed in 2016 (for years 2013–2015) will be rated on standard rating compliance for V1.2.1. In 2017, years 2014–2015 will be rated on V1.2.1, while 2016 will be rated according to the 2016 manual edition.

Brief Summary of 2016 Edition Revisions


The Commission on Cancer is pleased to provide this complimentary copy of Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care (2016 edition) for your individual use. Please understand, however, that this information is the copyrighted property of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Any use of this material outside of its original format or context requires permission from the Commission on Cancer.


Questions regarding the standards presented in Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care (2016 edition) should be submitted to the CAnswer Forum Bulletin Board System. Please reference this publication when submitting your question.

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