100th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet
Throughout the past century, the work of the Commission on Cancer (and its predecessors, starting with the Committee for the Treatment of Malignant Diseases in 1922) were featured in the pages of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. This downloadable commemorative booklet highlights the major articles from each decade.
As we celebrate in 2021 the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the National Cancer Act by President Richard Nixon, we are also on the cusp of another milestone in the “war on cancer”—the Centennial celebration of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC).
The evolution of treatment options for solid tumors has followed an extraordinary path in the last 100 years; from a potentially curative option obtained from a surgical resection to current multimodal protocols offering cure or prolonged survival.
More than 100 years ago, before the founding of the American College of Surgeons or Commission on Cancer (CoC), William Stewart Halsted revolutionized the treatment of breast cancer with surgical innovation that became known as the “Halsted radical mastectomy.”
In the 100 years since the founding of the Commission on Cancer (CoC), surgical oncology has evolved significantly and has been largely driven by research and the advancement of technology. The sheer breadth of oncologic surgeries—including both basic and complex procedures involving a large number of organ sites from brain to bone—make even a cursory review impossible within the scope of a single article.