Hospitals, treatment centers and other facilities are approved according to standards set by the Committee on Approvals of the Commission on Cancer (CoC).
The CoC encourages approved programs to improve their quality of patient care by implementing multidisciplinary cancer programs that cover the following issues:
- Early Diagnosis
- Pre-Treatment Evaluation
- Optimal Treatment
- Surveillance for Recurrent Disease and Multiple Primary Tumors
- Psychosocial Support
- End of Life Care
More than 1,400 cancer programs are accredited in the United States, and there has been steady growth in the number of accredited programs since the program's inception in the 1930's. Currently, 82% of newly diagnosed patients with cancer are treated in programs accredited by the CoC.