CoC kicks off 100th Anniversary Celebration

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022. A year-long campaign to celebrate this important milestone, honor the dedication and leadership of those individuals who have helped to build and shape the CoC, and identify new opportunities to improve the care of the patient with cancer kicked off this fall at the 2021 CoC Plenary Session on October 20.

Historical articles written by the CoC 100th Anniversary committee members and images from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) archives department will be featured in Cancer Programs News and on the ACS Cancer Programs social media channels and website. Coverage will include video interviews with past and present CoC Chairs and Cancer Programs Medical Directors, biographies of deceased leaders, profiles of the longest-running CoC-accredited programs and longest-serving CoC member organizations, and a review of journal articles focusing on data from the National Cancer Database. In addition, the January 2022 issue of the ACS Bulletin will focus on the CoC’s 100th Anniversary, featuring articles on the value of CoC accreditation to programs and patients, CoC achievements by decade, and other topics.

Established by the ACS in 1922, the 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. CoC membership is composed of more than 100 individuals who either are surgeons representing the ACS or representatives from the 56 national professional organizations affiliated with the CoC.

For more information on the CoC’s 100th Anniversary, visit the ACS Cancer Programs website.