Progress Reports and Tools / Community Hospitals

A volunteer stands with a large mobile unit that delivers cancer screening.
The NCCCP extends lessons learned through its network of community hospitals to all community cancer centers nationwide.

The cancer programs and resources developed through the NCCCP are shared with community hospitals that treat cancer patients nationwide through presentations, publications, and resources such as this web site.

Check this page from time to time to keep up with progress and to access resources and recommended best practices that result from the NCCCP.  The documents below are available in PDF format.

Program Progress

The following reports provide a summary of the programís yearly accomplishments since its inception in 2007.

Evaluation of NCCCP Pilot

Research Collaborations

Program Resources and Tools

The following resources were developed for each program pillar and may be useful tools for other community cancer centers. Please note that the tools are not validated.

Cancer Healthcare Disparities

  • The Disparities Vision, Overview, and Dashboard (PDF - 45KB) provides an overview of the program’s efforts to address healthcare disparities.  The document specifies metrics used to ensure that disparities issues are considered in clinical trials, biospecimens, information technology, quality of care, and survivorship. The document also outlines focused efforts around screening, community outreach, navigation, and tracking race and ethnicity.
  • The Breast Screening Tracking Tool (PDF - 248KB) is being tested as an effective mechanism for monitoring the lag time between initial screening, diagnosis and care, and recruitment for clinical trials, particularly for the underserved.
  • The NCCCP Template for Community Outreach (PDF - 44KB) provides an overview on how to plan, implement, and evaluate focused community outreach efforts to target specific cancer healthcare disparities.

Quality of Care

  • The Navigation Assessment Tool (PDF - 91KB) is used to help build or advance a navigation program based on criteria discussed in each category. Each category represents a component of navigation that should be present in any program. The levels of the tool provide a way to advance from the minimum to a benchmark status.
  • The Multidisciplinary Care Assessment Tool (PDF - 71KB) defines an MDC model for cancer care in the community and describes case planning, physician engagement, coordination of care, infrastructure, and financial considerations.
  • A uniform Chemotherapy Consent Form (PDF - 238KB) template was developed for modification for individual institution’s use.
  • The Genetic Counseling Assessment Tool (PDF - 128KB) defines the minimal genetic counseling service requirements to guide improvements.

Survivorship and Palliative Care

  • The NCCCP Cancer Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PDF - 113KB) is designed for community cancer programs to use as a self-assessment tool to evaluate and improve their psychosocial care services.  The assessment tool provides guidance and ensures that the psychosocial needs of cancer patients are met. Psychosocial health services are those psychological and social services that enable cancer survivors, their families, and health care providers to optimize biomedical health care and to manage the psychological/behavioral and social aspects of cancer and its consequences so as to promote better health.  Multidimensional, culturally informed psychosocial health screenings include: Emotional/Mental Health Needs (i.e., anxiety, depression, coping, sexuality); Practical Problems (i.e., concrete needs and illness-related concerns - financial, transportation, housing); Social Problems (i.e., lack of social support/resources, vocational impact, insurance); and Support Needs (i.e., personal, social, medical, spiritual).
  • The NCCCP Cancer Palliative Care Assessment Tool (PDF - 105KB) is designed for community cancer programs to use as a self-assessment tool to evaluate and improve their palliative care services. Palliative care programs in some health care settings may utilize "supportive care" or "symptom management" in their titles.
  • The Breast Treatment Summary Tool (PDF - 76KB) was built upon ASCO’s treatment summary forms and includes Institute of Medicine recommendations. It includes detailed information on treatments received and health care provider information.
  • The Breast Cancer Survivorship Care Plan (PDF - 278KB) provides patients with a treatment summary and includes a detailed post-treatment follow-up plan.  It includes guidelines for surveillance and a list of risk factors for potential long-term and late effects of therapy.   

Clinical Trials

  • The Provider Outreach/Trial Fact Sheet (PDF - 633KB) is an example of a site protocol education tool for a large colon cancer prevention trial. This type of tool can be used as a model for other sites and other research protocols to promote trial awareness and potential recruitment for providers within and external to a site. This site also created a Spanish version of the tool.
  • The Early Phase Trial Feasibility Checklist (PDF - 96KB) was developed within the NCCCP by the Early Phase Working Group (a subgroup of the Clinical Trials Subcommittee). The checklist is intended to help community sites review and identify infrastructure and appropriate early phase trials for potential activation at their site.
  • CT 101 Webinar (PDF - 2.7MB), presented to the NCCCP Clinical Trials Subcommittee on 12/16/2009. Webinar provided training for patient navigators to learn more about clinical trials, where to get information, and how to connect with others in your organization who are involved with clinical trials.
  • The NCCCP Clinical Trials Screening and Accrual Log (PDF 313KB) was designed to track patients screened and enrolled in NCCCP clinical trials. It utilizes a web-based application to track patient demographic information and perform data analysis. The data is used to identify individual and site accrual barriers to help develop strategies to increase clinical trial participation among patients.
  • The Minority Rural Matrix (PDF 1.1 MB) was developed by the NCCCP Underserved Minority Working Group to define the minority or underserved populations served by NCCCP sites, and also to collect baseline and ongoing information on each site's attributes. The goal: to develop partnerships among NCCCP sites in order to share challenges, look at best practices, and ultimately improve accrual of undeserved and minority patients to clinical trials.


  • The NCCCP 2012 Factsheet (PDF - 148KB) provides key points on the NCCCP and contact information for participating hospitals.
  • The NCCCP Physicians Conditions of Participation (PDF - 260KB) outlines the conditions of participation recommendations to support the goals of the NCCCP program.  The tool addresses the core elements of the requirements, including participation in clinical trials and quality of care initiatives, board certification, and acceptance of uninsured patients.
  • The NCCCP Physician Director Role (PDF – 251KB) provides an overview of the responsibilities for a community cancer center physician director and outlines the physician qualification requirements.
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