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Commission on Cancer celebrates a century of service

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This year, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC), an accrediting body of Memorial Cancer Center (MCC) is observing its centennial anniversary. The yearlong campaign will honor the dedication and leadership of those who have helped to build and shape CoC and identify new opportunities to improve the care of cancer patients.

The Memorial Medical Center cancer center has been accredited by CoC since 2011.

“As the only nationally accredited cancer program in the region, you can count on MMC for a range of high-quality services that are offered close to home,” said MMC Cancer Center Director Lynn Fletcher.

“In looking ahead, we are excited to be able to bring even more advanced technology and services to southern New Mexico in 2022,” Fletcher said. “Chief among those is the arrival of a groundbreaking linear accelerator, a machine that aims radiation at cancer tumors with pinpoint accuracy.”

Established by ACS in 1922, 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.

ACS is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients.

MCC takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists in a multidisciplinary partnership created to improve patient care. 

“Over the past century, the organizations and individuals represented in the CoC have consistently and tirelessly advanced the quality and standards of cancer care,” said CoC Chair Timothy Mullett. “As a result, today there are more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, treating more than 70 percent of patients with cancer in this country.”

Visit www.facs.org/quality-programs/cancer/coc.