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American Cancer Society Celebrates Its Centennial
Like the American College of Surgeons, the American Cancer Society is observing its 100th anniversary in 2013. Throughout their shared 100-year history, the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society (the two ACSs) have collaborated on many programs, including the establishment of what are now known as the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC).

The American Cancer Society will officially recognize its centennial on May 22.

The progress that has been made in treating all forms of cancer is remarkable, and the American Cancer Society’s 100th anniversary is an opportunity to acknowledge the progress the two ACSs have made together this past century and to celebrate the millions of lives saved. The American Cancer Society reports that today, two out of three people diagnosed with cancer are surviving for at least five years. Since the early 1990s, the cancer death rate in the U.S. has declined by 20 percent.

To commemorate its 100th anniversary, the American Cancer Society has launched a campaign aimed at achieving the following goals, among others:

  • Raise $100 million additional dollars to support cancer research and care
  • Help position the American Cancer Society as the premier organization that will solve the cancer problem this century
  • Increase public knowledge of the progress and accomplishments made

To help eliminate cancer, the American Cancer Society intends to continue to ensure lifesaving cancer research gets funded and is undertaking a historic research project called the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). The goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. in the study by the end of this year. The society also intends to ensure that cancer patients have access to quality health care and that all Americans have access to lifesaving screenings, clean air, and so on.

Details regarding the longstanding partnership between the two ACSs were published in an article by LaMar S. McGinnis, Jr., MD, FACS, titled “Common origins: The two ACSs—100 years of collaboration to improve the lives of cancer patients,” which was published in the April 2012 Bulletin (vol. 97, no. 4, pp. 6-15). For more information on the American Cancer Society, visit

What is the ACS-CoC Collaborative Action Plan Guide?
The ACS-CoC Collaborative Action Plan Guide was developed by staff from the CoC and the American Cancer Society (ACS) as a resource for CoC-accredited programs. The Guide provides information on ACS resources that support select CoC Cancer Program Standards and is posted in the “General Resources” section of the CoC Standards Resource Repository. Direct links to resources including patient education brochures, videos, and on-line patient education programs on are listed in the Guide.  

Interactive Patient Education Videos – Radiation and Chemotherapy

Emmi Solutions has developed two multimedia educational videos with the assistance and expertise of the American Cancer Society to help patients understand what to expect when they are treated with radiation and chemotherapy.

Each video includes the following topics related to radiation and chemotherapy:

-    How is the therapy administered?
-    What are the goals of the therapy?
-    What to expect during treatment
-    Common concerns and side effects

The Emmi videos are available on or via

ACS staff have reported that a number of CoC-accredited programs email the Emmi videos to patients who are scheduled to receive radiation or chemotherapy.   For more information on ACS resources, contact your ACS representative or access the ACS-CoC Collaborative Action Plan Guide.

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