JENKINTOWN, Pa., March 7, 2007 — Nearly 1,300 oncologists and cancer professionals have registered to attend the NCCN 12th Annual Conference: Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology & Quality Cancer Care™ taking place March 14 – 18, 2007 at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida. The program includes the presentation of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology™, updates from the NCCN PET/CT Imaging Task Force Report, and information about new cancer therapies and emerging issues in oncology business management.
During the opening session of the conference, ABC News veteran and anchor Sam Donaldson will moderate the roundtable discussion “The Role of the Journalist in the War on Cancer,” which features top health reporters from television, national newspapers and the oncology trade press along with representatives from the oncology and patient advocacy communities. Panelists include:
Many of the conference sessions focus on new technologies and emerging trends in cancer care. This year’s agenda includes the presentations “Cancer Stem Cells: New Targets for Cancer Prevention and Therapy”; “New Technologies in Robotic Surgery”; and “Biomarkers: New Paradigms in Cancer Management and Challenges.” An additional roundtable entitled “Cancer Care: Cost, Access, and Value” will feature candid discussion by nationally recognized experts in the business, clinical and payor areas of oncology.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 23 of the world's leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system. As the arbiter of high-quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers. The primary goal of all NCCN initiatives is to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of oncology practice so patients can live better lives. For more information, visit NCCN.org.