Stimulus Funding Expands Opportunities to Enhance Cancer Research and Care at Community Hospitals
The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is using $80 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to expand research benefitting patients at the 16 member hospitals of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) and to add 14 new hospitals to the current network.
The expansion uses approximately $40 million of ARRA funds to support additional research opportunities within the original network of 16 NCCCP sites and another $40 million of ARRA funds to expand the network to include 14 new community cancer centers, for a total of 30 sites in 22 states.
The NCCCP began as a pilot program in 2007 as a network of community hospital cancer centers that is working to provide the most current, research-based cancer care spanning the full cancer continuum – from prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship through end-of-life care, with an emphasis on minority and underserved populations. The program is designed as a community-based platform to support basic, clinical and population-based initiatives that are working to produce effective new prevention strategies and treatments for cancer patients.
NCCCP centers are studying ways to reduce healthcare disparities, improve access to clinical trials, improve overall quality of care, promote an infrastructure to collect high-quality biospecimens such as blood and tissue samples for research, and to link with national computer networks that support research. The centers also work to improve survivorship, palliative care services, and patient advocacy.
For more information about the program, visit http://ncccp.cancer.gov.