The Arizona Clinical Oncology Society (TACOS) represents the common interests of a majority of the oncologists treating cancer in Arizona. TACOS is a chapter member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers and an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
The Society was formed January 29, 1990. Our mission is to provide advocacy for cancer patients and to promote standards of excellence for high-quality cancer care.
The primary interests of the Society are:
- To improve the quality of oncology care available to the people of the state of Arizona.
- To maintain and advance the standards of cancer care.
- To support oncology education.
- To facilitate the development and use of new cancer management techniques in the community.
- To provide effective representation of the oncology field for its members and the public.
- To foster effective communication enhancing access to scientific, socioeconomic, research and other relevant data.
- To promote collegial relationships among oncologists in the state of Arizona.
In order to carry out these interests, some of the goals for the Society include:
- Affect legislation and public policy relative to patient access to cancer care.
- Act as a resource on the "accepted medical practices" associated with cancer care.
- Provide a forum for education of our members on current technologies and their role as accepted medical practices.
- Provide communications to our members and others on issues affecting patient access. to cancer care and the practice of oncology.