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NCCN and SEHA Collaborate to Improve Cancer Care


NCCN, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), announce The Second Annual Middle East and North Africa NCCN Guidelines Congress scheduled for April 23 – 26, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The program will present the latest developments in treating common cancers and generate discussions around developing regional guidelines.


January 14, 2009

FORT WASHINGTON, PA — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is pleased to announce that it will hold the Second Annual Middle East and Northern Africa NCCN Clinical Guidelines Congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from April 23 – 26, 2009. The Congress will be a collaborative educational effort with the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) to improve the safety, effectiveness, and quality of cancer care in the Middle East and North Africa.

SEHA is a public joint stock company that owns and operates Abu Dhabi’s 12 public hospitals and 40 ambulatory clinics. NCCN and SEHA will be supported by the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HA-AD), the government regulatory body which is in charge of licensing and healthcare policy in Abu Dhabi.

“We are grateful for the invitation and opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues in the Middle East and North Africa,” says William T. McGivney, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN. “It is critical that the scientific evidence that is the basis for cancer care guidelines be discussed and implemented by experts across the globe in order to improve outcomes for patients whom we serve.”

The NCCN Guidelines Congress brings together leading clinicians from the Middle East, Northern Africa and the United States. Experts from NCCN Member Institutions will present the latest recommendations and updates from the NCCN Guidelines. These guidelines are widely recognized and applied in the United States as the standard for clinical policy in oncology. Thought leaders from the Middle East and North Africa will provide their perspectives on the management of specific diagnoses and discuss issues related to differences across patient subpopulations, including the availability of health care technology such as drugs, devices, and procedures.

“SEHA is committed to bringing world class healthcare to the residents of Abu Dhabi,” says Saif Bader Al Qubaisi, Managing Director, SEHA. “We want to assure the availability of evidence-based best practice in cancer treatment and innovative technology for applications in cancer care that are based upon sound clinical results and the expert judgment of leading clinicians. We are pleased to assemble leaders from across our region to bring better cancer care to patients.”

The Congress will focus on the appropriate management of patients diagnosed with breast, prostate, colon, non small-cell lung, ovarian, and hepatobiliary cancers, as well as non Hodgkin’s lymphomas and supportive care issues.

Since 2003, NCCN has offered the NCCN International Guidelines Symposia Series to communicate the NCCN Guidelines in a direct and interactive way around the world to local oncologists and other clinical professionals.

About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 25 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.

The NCCN Member Institutions are:

  • Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at The Nebraska Medical Center
  • City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center
    Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
  • Duke Cancer Institute
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center / Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
  • Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
  • Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Stanford Cancer Institute
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • University of Colorado Cancer Center
  • University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital