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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, which promotes cancer prevention, research, education, and monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

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
  • Develops effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery, and outcomes in health care settings.

Individuals and representatives of more than 50 cancer-related organizations comprise the membership of the CoC and contribute to the development of the CoC standards and accreditation program.

Today, there are more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico. CoC accreditation encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of care through various cancer-related programs and activities. These programs are concerned with the full continuum of cancer—from prevention to survivorship and end-of-life-care—while addressing both survival and quality of life.

QI Projects Survey

The CoC is developing an online resource library of Quality Improvement Projects. We are asking CLPs to please share any projects that have been conducted to enhance the quality and delivery of care in their cancer program and that may be of benefit to others looking to identify comprehensive quality projects. 

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Upcoming Webinars

With an eye toward facilitating the success of CoC-accredited programs, each webinar in the series will discuss the value of a specific new standard or standards, describe important new requirements for each standard, and offer recommendations for implementing the changes in accredited programs across the country.

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Statement Released

Recognizing the importance and value that expanded access to genetic testing and counseling services have on quality cancer care for all patients, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Advocacy Committee developed a statement in support of increased access to cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, and genetic testing services as outlined in its accreditation standard 4.4.

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2020 Site Visit FAQs

An FAQ document has been developed to assist CoC, NAPBC, and NAPRC program participants with the changes that have been put in place by the American College of Surgeons to postpone accreditation and verification site visits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2020 Call for Data

The NCDB 2020 Call for Data submission window deadline will be extended to August 31, 2020 (11:59 pm CST) for submissions and corrections. 2020 submission specifications include all analytic cases diagnosed on or after 2004 or the program’s reference date from 2018 plus any cases added or changed since the 2019 Call for Data.

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Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are now being accepted for the Commission on Cancer 2020 Cancer Research Paper Competition. Submit your abstract by July 15.

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Brochure

Learn about how ACS Cancer Programs are improving outcomes for patients with cancer in our latest brochure.

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