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NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP)

NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP)
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The National Cancer Institute's Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) began in 2007 as a three-year pilot to test the concept of a national network of community hospitals to expand cancer research and deliver the latest, most advanced cancer care to more Americans in their home communities.

 

The mission of NCCCP is to: 

  • Reduce cancer healthcare disparities  
  • Bring more Americans into a system of high-quality cancer care
  • Increase participation in clinical trials
  • Improve information sharing among community cancer centers

The NCCCP is focused on identifying ways to facilitate broader engagement in cancer research and developing effective community-based cancer care from prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship through end-of-life care.

Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center was selected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as one of 30 cancer centers in the country to participate in the pilot program. As an NCCCP site, we are able to participate in a national network of community hospitals to expand cancer research and deliver the latest, most advanced cancer care to more Americans in their home communities.

NCI established the NCCCP as recognition of the essential role that community hospitals play in the health of the American public. The NCCCP seeks to extend NCI science and patient support services to community hospitals – many of which are located in small towns, and rural and urban areas – where most patients live and receive their care. Because the majority of U.S. patients are treated at community hospitals, integrating the latest scientific advances and patient support resources into the community is expected to improve cancer outcomes among diverse populations.

The two primary goals of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) are

  1. To improve the quality of care of community cancer centers

    2.  To increase access to research in the local community

These two goals work together to provide state-of-the-art care that was previously only available at large academic medical hospitals or designated cancer centers.

Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center is improving the quality of care in several ways. We are currently in the process of gaining accreditation in two important areas – the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI), which recognizes oncology practices that meet rigorous standards for high-quality cancer care; and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which is granted only to cancer centers that are committed to providing the highest level of care in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and comply with numerous quality standards.

We are also one of the few community cancer centers with a dedicated on-site pharmacy. This enables us to take extensive safety measures during both the preparation and administration of chemotherapy. There are three clinical oncology pharmacists on staff who communicate closely with the medical oncologists and monitor chemotherapy patients on a daily basis.

Like the NCI, Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center is committed to research and making it available to more and more people. Our affiliations with the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Eppley Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute give our patients access to the latest, most advanced cancer care without having to leave central Nebraska.

For more information on the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program, please visit http://ncccp.cancer.gov/