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NCCN International Program Steering Committee Meets in Philadelphia

Jonathan Larsen, MPP, Manager, Global Business Development

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) held its first meeting of the new NCCN International Program Steering Committee on 26 August 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The NCCN International Program Steering Committee is comprised of representatives from NCCN Member Institutions and was formed as a result of the growing global influence of and demand for the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®).

The Committee is charged with advising the NCCN International Program’s current and future initiatives around the world. Discussion included a history of the NCCN International Program and review of the process behind NCCN foreign editions, regional adaptations, and consensus statements of the NCCN Guidelines®, which are NCCN Guidelines derivatives that allow for consideration of metabolic differences in populations, local accessibility, and regulatory status of health care technologies used in cancer care in the specified countries. The Committee considered strategies to meet global oncology needs and fulfill the NCCN mission “to be the world’s leader in defining and advancing high-quality, high-value cancer care.”

Benjamin O. Anderson, MD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, chair of the NCCN International Program Steering Committee said,“The NCCN International Program promises NCCN and its Member Institutions a venue to collaborate with new global partners and identify opportunities for synergy. The NCCN Guidelines will serve as an invaluable benchmark for cancer care delivery in other high-income countries, and can also be applied to frame cancer control planning in low- and middle-income countries. These international partnerships may permit NCCN to contribute to world cancer policy by placing NCCN leadership at the table with global policy makers who will be effecting change and provide leadership at the global health level.”

In 2012, nearly half of the registered users of NCCN.org reported to live outside of the U.S. and, concurrently, NCCN approved requests for permission for distribution of NCCN Content in more than 20 countries. In 2013, NCCN introduced new resources and avenues for access to the library of clinical resources available for utilization by the international community, as well as the NCCN International Educational Activities Program (NCCN IEAP).

For more information regarding NCCN International Programs, visit NCCN.org/international.