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For Immediate Release: July 24, 2009
Association of Community Cancer Centers Launches Prostate Cancer “Best Practices” Resources
Online Guide and Webinar Are Designed to Meet Needs of Growing Number of Patients
Rockville, Md.—As part of its Prostate Cancer “Best Practices” Project, the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has launched an online publication: "Guide to Best Practices in a Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Program." This document serves as a resource for community programs in identifying the need for prostate-specific care in their communities, opening lines of communication among providers, developing a collaborative team approach to care, and providing guidance in planning and implementing a successful multidisciplinary prostate cancer program.
“The need for education and support for prostate cancer care is clearly unmet in many communities across the country,” said ACCC Executive Director Christian Downs, JD, MHA. “ACCC’s new online ‘Guide to Best Practices in a Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Program,’ as part of our Prostate Cancer Best Practices Project, is designed to help cancer centers develop successful community-based prostate-specific cancer programs .”
ACCC will sponsor a live webinar on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at 2:00 pm ET. The webinar presentation is entitled “Guide to Best Practices in a Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Program.” It is designed to assist community cancer centers by outlining the process and structures that successful community-based prostate-specific cancer programs throughout the U.S. have used to initiate and grow their prostate cancer programs. Registration is open at ACCC's website.
The webinar and online “Guide to Best Practices in a Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Program” are just two parts of a multi-phase project. In the first phase, five prostate cancer programs were chosen to serve as models for others: Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Maine Medical Center, Scarborough, Maine; Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, N.C.; Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto, Calif.; and Regional Cancer Center, ProHealth Care, Waukesha, Wisc.
Next five ACCC-member cancer programs were chosen to receive on-site education to develop their community-based prostate-specific cancer services based on these “models.” The five cancer programs include: Florida Hospital Cancer Institute in Orlando; Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose, Calif.; OncoLogics, Inc., Lafayette, La.; Saint Joseph's Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.; and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Tallahassee, Fla.
Coming soon: the September/October 2009 Oncology Issues, ACCC’s award-winning publication, will include an in-depth look at best practices and critical success factors, articles from model programs, as well case studies and other tools.
The Prostate Cancer “Best Practices” Project is sponsored by sanofi-aventis US.
Prostate cancer will be one of the fastest growing cancers treated in the community setting in the next ten years. This form of cancer is unique in that there are equally effective, mutually exclusive treatment options. Some men may believe that there is only one option available to them until they search the Internet or speak with their family and friends. Sadly, others continue to think that they have only one treatment option for prostate cancer throughout their continuum of care.
A new or recurrent diagnosis often results in men feeling confused. Increasingly, men diagnosed with prostate cancer are seeking out programs that provide disease-specific information regarding treatment options and focus on the unique issues surrounding the disease. They are opting for greater support as they navigate the healthcare maze. ACCC’s project will provide cancer centers across the country with a better understanding of the success factors necessary to develop a targeted prostate cancer program in their community.