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

Overview of Cancer Programs

The American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs—American Joint Committee on Cancer, Clinical Research Program, Commission on Cancer, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, and National Cancer Database—provide tools, resources, and data that enable cancer programs to deliver comprehensive, high-quality, multidisciplinary, evidence-based, patient-centered care to patients with cancer and diseases of the breast.

Clinical Research Program

American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program

The American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program (ACS CRP) works to reduce the impact of cancer by validating and disseminating strategies for its prevention and treatment. The program achieves this mission by increasing both surgeon participation in the Alliance and meaningful interactions between the Alliance and the College's Cancer Programs. The program has four committees that have unique goals and activities and work together to reach the program's overall research goals: Cancer Care Delivery Research Committee; Cancer Care Standards Development Committee; Education Committee; and Dissemination and Implementation Committee.

American Joint Committee on Cancer

American Joint Committee on Cancer

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) provides worldwide leadership in the development, promotion, and maintenance of evidence-based systems for the classification and management of cancer in collaboration with multidisciplinary organizations dedicated to cancer surveillance and to improving care.

Commission on Cancer

Commission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) recognizes cancer care programs that voluntarily hold their programs accountable to meeting the CoC standards as outlined in the Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care manual. CoC-accredited cancer programs have access to reporting tools to aid in benchmarking and improving patient outcomes. In addition, the CoC provides educational and training opportunities and, resources, and advocates on behalf of the cancer community.


National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) is focused on breast health and dedicated to the improvement of quality care and outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast through evidence-based standards and patient and professional education. Programs accredited with the NAPBC voluntarily agree to meet the standards outlined in the NAPBC Standards Manual.


National Cancer Database

The National Cancer Database (NCDB), jointly sponsored by the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society, is a clinical oncology database sourced from hospital registry data collected in more than 1,500 CoC-accredited facilities. CoC-accredited cancer programs are required to review their data as part of their program’s performance at least quarterly.


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