New NCI Program Brings Clinical Research to the Community Setting
Changes are on the horizon for the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) community oncology research programs. The newly established NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) will bring together, and build on the success of, two existing NCI programs: the Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP)/ Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program (MBCCOP) and the National Cancer Institute’s Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP).
NCORP will stand for the core principles of the CCOP/MBCCOP and NCCCP, to improve the quality of care and enhance the support for research to provide additional treatment opportunities to patients in the community, and will expand to include an additional focus on cancer care delivery research and understanding cancer care disparities.
This new program was announced in June and the NIH anticipates formally announcing the funding opportunity in the fall of 2013.
Bringing cancer research to the community is critical to advancing the science behind new treatments as well as providing access to cutting-edge care to the general population. NCI has laid out the following vision for the new NCORP:
- Build upon clinical trial success of the Community Clinical Oncology Program and the Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program network
- Expand to include cancer care delivery research
- Enhance focus on disparities research with clinical trials and cancer care delivery research
GuideStar will continue to work with the NCI outreach programs throughout the course of this transition and continue to do our part to bring clinical trials into community hospitals.