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Commission on Cancer (CoC)

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) was established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) as a group of professional organizations that is dedicated to improving cancer care by setting and measuring quality standards, monitoring treatment patterns and outcomes, and developing effective methods of improving cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery and outcomes.

Accreditation with Commendation
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) granted a three-year accreditation with commendation to the Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center in 2010.

A facility receives a three-year accreditation following the onsite evaluation by a physician surveyor. Only facilities that excel at meeting the high standards throughout the full scope of their cancer program receive the commendation distinction. The areas reviewed include cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement. This accomplishment puts Saint Francis Cancer Program in the top 10 percent of all 1,476 approved cancer programs across the country.

Since its first approval in 1995, the cancer treatment program at Saint Francis has been approved and accredited by the CoC of the American College of Surgeons every three years. Over the years, Saint Francis has been awarded not only accreditation, but commendations with each three-year survey.

Outstanding Achievement Award
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to the Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center as a result of surveys performed during 2010.

Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center is one of a select group of 90 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States.

The CoC Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) is is granted to facilities that demonstrate excellence in six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit: http://www.facs.org/cancer/index.html.