SOURCE: National Comprehensive Cancer Network

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

February 22, 2016 09:05 ET

NCCN, in Collaboration With Pfizer, Awards 10 Grants for Provider Performance and Quality in Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer Initiatives

NCCN and Pfizer Elicited Proposals for the Development and Adoption of Evidence-Based Initiatives to Improve Patient Care and Outcomes in Metastatic Breast Cancer; 10 Grants Were Awarded

FORT WASHINGTON, PA--(Marketwired - February 22, 2016) - The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Oncology Research Program (ORP), in collaboration with Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC), has awarded 10 grants for project proposals to develop and adopt evidence-based initiatives to improve patient care and outcomes in metastatic breast cancer. In 2015, NCCN ORP and Pfizer IGLC issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to any organization with an interest in improving patient care including academic and community hospitals.

"NCCN is proud of its ongoing collaboration with Pfizer IGLC to enhance the quality of treatment of people with metastatic breast cancer in both academic and community settings," said Robert C. Young, MD, Interim Vice President, NCCN ORP. "Breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States, and these projects indeed couple education with performance in order to heighten awareness and utilization of evidence-based treatment guidelines for the disease."

"Metastatic breast cancer is a disease for which there currently is no cure, so improving patient care, support, and outcomes is critical," said Julia Perkins Smith, MD, North America Medical Affairs Lead, Pfizer Oncology. "We are excited to collaborate with NCCN to support these 10 projects, which have the potential to make a meaningful impact on patients' lives."

The following proposals have been awarded funding:

The awardees responded to an RFP from NCCN ORP and Pfizer IGLC seeking concepts for initiatives focusing on the following areas where gaps in care currently exist:

  • Provider education and provider/patient  treatment shared decision-making
  • Adoption of evidence-based recommendations for  management of metastatic breast cancer
  • Information related to patient assistance  programs and other patient-centered resources
  • Comprehensive approaches to improving health  care delivery systems

The NCCN ORP, organized to obtain funding to support scientifically meritorious research studies at NCCN Member Institutions, was the lead organization for review and evaluation of applications. A review committee, led by NCCN and including a medical representative from Pfizer, determined which proposals received funding. Grant funding is provided by Pfizer IGLC.

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About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 26 of the world's leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education, is dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system. As the arbiter of high-quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers.

The NCCN Member Institutions are: Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, Omaha, NE; Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland, OH; City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA; Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center | Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, MA; Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, NC; Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA; Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA; The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD; Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ, Jacksonville, FL, and Rochester, MN; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL; The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center -- James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Columbus, OH; Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY; Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN; Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, CA; University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center, Birmingham, AL; UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla, CA; UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco, CA; University of Colorado Cancer Center, Aurora, CO; University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor, MI; The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN; and Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital, New Haven, CT.

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