FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sep 13, 2016
ROCKVILLE, MD. – On September 7, 2016, the Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel released a set of 10 recommendations for accelerating cancer research to further the overall Moonshot goal of making a decade’s worth of cancer research progress in five years.
The panel and recommendations reflect a collaborative effort from the entire cancer community, including oncologists, researchers, advocates, patients, and representatives of both private sector and government agencies. Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) members are contributing their expertise to help achieve the overall goals of the Cancer Moonshot. ACCC President Jennie R. Crews, MD, MMM, FACP, participated in the Cancer Moonshot Summit on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Washington, D.C. In her President’s Message in the September-October 2016 Oncology Issues, Dr. Crews outlines the role ACCC member programs can play in this ground-breaking initiative:
“To date, much of the Cancer Moonshot focus has been on research and academic medicine. However, to reach many of its goals, the Cancer Moonshot team needs to engage with community oncology, where the majority of cancer care is delivered. This is where ACCC members come in. We are a collaborative organization with diverse, multidisciplinary representation from the cancer community.”
Examples of innovative ACCC member-driven resources that offer real-world approaches to realizing the Blue Ribbon Panel’s 10 Recommendations include:
ACCC is pleased to offer members replicable tools and robust resources to further the goals outlined by the Blue Ribbon Panel. These include resources available through the Institute for Clinical Immuno-Oncology (ICLIO), an emphasis on patient-centered care, and information for cancer registrars who will play a vital role in managing the data to support these initiatives.
Connecting the Moonshot to the community, in August 2016, Dr. Crews hosted a Cancer Moonshot Focus Group with participation from more than 20 ACCC member programs. A representative from the Cancer Research and Technology Cancer Moonshot Task Force, Office of the Vice President, who participated in this focus group, will present on the Cancer Moonshot at the upcoming ACCC National Oncology Conference, October 19-21 in St. Louis.
To download the full report from the Blue Ribbon Panel and to watch videos explaining each recommendation, click here.