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For Immediate Release: March 16, 2012
Association of Community Cancer Centers Launches New Publication, Education Project to Help Cancer Programs Establish and Improve Cancer Nutrition Services
ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has released a new publication, Cancer Nutrition Services: A Practical Guide for Cancer Programs, designed to help community cancer program develop and enhance cancer nutrition services. The new publication provides practical strategies, replicable models of nutrition programs at community-based cancer programs, and tools, and is part of ACCC’s ongoing “Establishing and Improving Cancer Nutrition Programs in the Community Cancer Setting” education project.
“Community cancer centers are embracing a new patient-centered paradigm, which recognizes that treating patients for cancer requires adequate nutrition. This model calls for systematic malnutrition screening of all oncology patients throughout their treatment. The benefits of early and timely nutrition intervention and counseling are numerous,” said Christian Downs, JD, MHA, Executive Director, Association of Community Cancer Centers.
Cancer Nutrition Services: A Practical Guide for Cancer Programs includes the newly revised “Nutrition Services” section of ACCC’s Cancer Program Guidelines, which have been established to assist cancer programs that want to develop and/or maintain a comprehensive interdisciplinary program that meets the needs of cancer patients and their families.
Upcoming project components include a free webinar and podcast series. The first webinar, "Oncology Nutrition: What's the Point," takes place on March 22, 2012.
The publication, webinars, and podcasts will be available through ACCC’s Center for Provider Education and on ACCC’s website at www.accc-cancer.org.
ACCC’s “Establishing and Improving Cancer Nutrition Programs in the Community Cancer Setting” education project is sponsored by Abbott Oncology.