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, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. It is a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons. (ACOS)
CoC Accreditation encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer related programs. Participating programs are concerned with the continuum of cancer care from prevention and early detection, pre-treatment evaluation, and staging, to optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services, end-of-life or lifelong follow-up care.
Accreditation is granted only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer care and are able to comply with established CoC standards. Each cancer program must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with CoC standards every three years. There are currently more than 1,480 CoC-accredited cancer programs. These programs diagnose and treat 80% of newly diagnosed cancer patients annually.
Georgia has more than 40 CoC accredited cancer programs.
Click here for a complete list of CoC-accredited cancer programs in Georgia and access to contact information.
Click here for the 2009 CoC Cancer Program Standards manual which defines (on pages 5-7) the facility Cancer Program categories shown in the list above.
Click here for the CoC website homepage.