Commission on Cancer

John Lyons, MD, FACS

About CoC

Established by the ACS in 1922, 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; and develops effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery, and outcomes in health care settings. CoC membership is comprised of 102 individuals who either are surgeons representing the College or member organization representatives from the 51 national professional organizations affiliated with the CoC. The activities of the CoC are coordinated through the Accreditation, Advocacy, Cancer Liaison, Education, Executive, Member Organization Steering, Nominating, and Quality Integration committees.