NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
June 26, 2007 • Volume 4 / Number 20 E-Mail This Document  |  Download PDF  |  Bulletin Archive/Search  |  Subscribe

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Featured Article

Community Hospitals Focus on Advanced Cancer Care

NCI has launched the pilot phase of its Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), an initiative that aims to bring the latest advances in cancer care to patients where they live. The project will focus on underserved communities and groups that are disproportionately affected by the disease.

Over the next 3 years, 16 community hospitals will work together and with NCI to identify the best strategies for delivering state-of-the-art cancer care in community hospitals. A successful pilot could lead to a national network of community cancer centers that would benefit patients and researchers alike.  Read more  

Director's Update

Challenges in Cancer Prevention

Despite many decades of investigation and progress that's been made in early diagnosis and treatment, the exact causes of most cancers remain unknown. For most of the cancers we treat, there exists a heterogeneous mix of genetic changes and numerous potential environmental influences that challenge the development of simple prevention strategies.

This has resulted in a level of frustration by the public regarding the primary prevention of cancer, including scientifically based recommendations for diet and lifestyle interventions. In recent years this public frustration has included the development and testing of targeted preventive oral agents that have often carried significant risk of causing a shift to other diseases or compromising daily quality of life. Our patients have clearly told us they are unwilling to trade healthy lives for these risks, even in the face of a risk of cancer.  Read more  

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