Commission on Cancer
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center was surveyed in October 2011 by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, receiving three-year approval as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program with eight commendations.
Receiving care at a cancer program approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) means that patients will have access to:
- Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the art services and equipment
- A multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
- Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
- Access to cancer-related information, education, and support
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Approval by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain approval, facilities with CoC-approved cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.