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ACCC News Release

For Immediate Release: June 12, 2008

Association of Community Cancer Centers Launches Cancer Survivorship Website

June is "National Cancer Survivorship Month"

ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has launched a "Cancer Survivorship Resources" website portal to help community cancer programs build, strengthen, or expand services to cancer survivors in their home communities. Cancer survivorship—a core component of comprehensive care—is a key ACCC focus throughout the year and is especially important this June, "National Cancer Survivorship Month."

"We are moving into a new era in cancer care. No longer can we provide only isolated fragments of treatment in the continuum of health and disease," Richard B. Reiling, MD, FACS, ACCC Immediate Past-President and cancer survivor. "We must now provide care that helps the patient navigate this survivorship path for the rest of his or her life." Close to 12 million cancer survivors are estimated to be living in the United States.

ACCC’s new "Cancer Survivorship Resources" website, available at www.accc-cancer.org, includes:

ACCC's cancer survivorship website was developed as part of this year's Presidential Grant, sponsored by AstraZeneca, LP, and Abraxis Oncology.

Model programs at ACCC-member institutions are transforming survivorship services and empowering cancer survivors nationwide. Community cancer centers are an ideal location for structured, evidence-based multidisciplinary care for survivors. Through local cancer centers, survivorship care can be provided through personal contact within a familiar healthcare system.

Survivorship is defined as the experience of living with, through, and beyond cancer for both patients and the people in their lives who are impacted by the diagnosis. It comprises the physical, psychological, emotional, social, spiritual, and economic aspects of life that may be influenced by cancer at any time from diagnosis through treatment and all remaining years of life.

About the Association of Community Cancer Centers
The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) is the leading advocacy and education organization for the multidisciplinary cancer care team. More than 23,000 cancer care professionals from over 2,000 hospitals and practices nationwide are affiliated with ACCC. It is estimated that 65 percent of the nation's cancer patients are treated by a member of ACCC. Providing a national forum for addressing issues that affect community cancer programs, ACCC is recognized as the premier provider of resources for the entire oncology care team. Our members include medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, cancer program administrators and medical directors, senior hospital executives, practice managers, pharmacists, oncology nurses, radiation therapists, social workers, and cancer program data managers. For more information, visit ACCC's website at www.accc-cancer.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and read our blog, ACCCBuzz.

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