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What Is the CoC?

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1922, the multidisciplinary Commission on Cancer (CoC) is dedicated to the goal of reducing the morbidity and mortality caused by cancer through prevention, monitoring and reporting of care, standard-setting, and education. Commission membership is made up of more than 100 individuals who are either surgeons representing the American College of Surgeons (ACOS) or liaison organization representatives from the 37 national, professional organizations affiliated with the CoC. These individuals each serve on one of five standing committees which work to pursue the Commission's goals:

  • Commission-Accredited Cancer Programs — Establishing standards for cancer programs and evaluating and accrediting programs according to those standards.
  • Nationwide Network — Overseeing a nationwide network of more than 1,800 physician-volunteers who provide state and local support for Commission and American Cancer Society initiatives.
  • International Educational Programs — Providing oversight and coordination for domestic and international educational programs of the Commission which are geared towards surgeons, physicians, cancer registrars, cancer program leadership, and others.
  • Patient Care Guidelines — Providing clinical oversight and expertise for Commission standard-setting activities, and for the development, review, and dissemination of patient care guidelines.
  • Patterns of Care and Patient Outcomes — Overseeing and coordinating national site-specific studies of patterns of care and outcomes of patient management through the annual collection, analysis, and dissemination of data for all cancer sites.