Accreditations and licenses
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, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
Surveillance Closely watching a patient’s condition but not treating it unless there are changes in test results. Surveillance is also used to find early signs that a disease has come back. In medicine, surveillance means closely watching a patient’s condition but not treating it unless there are changes in test results. Surveillance is also used to find early signs that a disease has come back. It may also be used for a person who has an increased risk of a disease, such as cancer. During surveillance, certain exams and tests are done on a regular schedule. In public health, surveillance may also refer to the ongoing collection of information about a disease, such as cancer, in a certain group of people. The information collected may include where the disease occurs in a population and whether it affects people of a certain gender, age or ethnic group.
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1922, the multidisciplinary CoC establishes standards to:
- Ensure quality multidisciplinary and comprehensive cancer care delivery in healthcare settings
- Conduct surveys in healthcare settings to assess compliance with those standards
- Collect standardized data from CoC-accreditated healthcare settings to measure cancer care quality
- Use data to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes and to enhance cancer control and clinical surveillance activities
- Develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery and outcomes in healthcare settings