The North Carolina Oncology Association (NCOA) represents the common interests of a majority of the oncologists treating cancer in North Carolina. NCOA is a chapter member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers and an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
NCOA was formed in 1992. Our mission is to provide advocacy for cancer patients and to promote standards of excellence for high-quality cancer care as well as to study, research and exchange information, experiences, and ideas leading to improvement in oncology.
The primary interests of the Society are:
- To identify and work to improve oncology practice issues that adversely affect patient access to cancer care
- To act as a patient advocate to assure that patients have access to the best available care
- To support and encourage clinical research against cancer
- To facilitate the development and use of new cancer management techniques in the community
- To provide effective representation of the oncology field for its members and the public
- To foster effective communication enhancing access to scientific, socioeconomic, research and other relevant data
- To promote collegial relationships among oncologists in the state of North Carolina
In order to carry out these interests, some of the goals for the Society include:
- Affect legislation and public policy relative to patient access to cancer care
- Act as a resource on the "accepted medical practices" associated with cancer care
- Provide a forum for education of our members on current technologies and their role as accepted medical practices
- Provide communications to our members and others on issues affecting patient access to cancer care and the practice of oncology.