The program goals for the NCCCP are:
Reduce cancer healthcare disparities
Bring a greater number of medically underserved patients into a system of high quality cancer care across the full cancer care continuum.
Increase patient participation in clinical trials
Advance research into new cancer treatments by involving more patients in early phase clinical trials, to provide the opportunity to benefit from the latest therapies before they are available to the general patient population, and reduce the need for patients to travel to large academic medical centers to access these trials.
- Improve quality of care at community hospitals
Provide patient-centered, evidence-based cancer care, delivered through coordinated teams of physicians and staff, and increase the use of nationally established treatment guidelines, molecular testing, and genetics counseling, among other initiatives.
Enhance cancer survivorship and palliative care services
Build cancer survivorship and palliative care services into standard treatment programs, including psychosocial and hospice initiatives.
Expand use of electronic health records and cancer data connections
Increase use of electronic health records to improve the quality of cancer care, and adapt tools from NCI's cancer research data network (caBIG®) to facilitate electronic data sharing among cancer centers.
- Collect high-quality biospecimens to support genomically-informed research
NCI guidelines for collection and storage of biospecimens for community hospitals to improve the quality of biospecimens available for research.