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Ellen Tauscher, Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and Member of Congress, Named to NCCN Foundation Board

Carrie Capili, Communications Specialist, Editor

The NCCN Foundation, which through private philanthropy and grants advances the mission of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) to improve the quality and effectiveness of care for patients with cancer, welcomes Ellen Tauscher, Special Envoy for Strategic Stability and Missile Defense, Vice Chair-Designate of the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and seven-term Member of Congress, as the newest member of the Board of the NCCN Foundation.

"I am delighted to announce that Ellen Tauscher has agreed to join the Board of the NCCN Foundation," commented Sam Donaldson, chair of the NCCN Foundation Board of Directors and ABC News veteran. "Ellen is an exceptional addition to the Board, bringing with her a multi-faceted host of accomplishments, including a highly esteemed political career and well-respected expertise in national security issues. Additionally, due to Ms. Tauscher's past diagnosis and treatment for esophageal cancer, she is able to provide a perspective that is central to the NCCN Foundation Mission, which aims to help provide philanthropic support for resources and programs for patients with cancer. We truly look forward to pursuing a number of exciting initiatives with Ellen."

"I am honored and proud to join the NCCN Foundation Board and look forward to adding value and a cancer survivor's perspective to the Foundation's efforts. The NCCN Guidelines are vital information to empower cancer patients and their loved ones and provide a useable roadmap for diagnostics and treatment at a frightening and stressful time," said Ellen Tauscher.

Ms. Tauscher served seven terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives from California's 10th District in Walnut Creek, CA, from 1997 until June 27, 2009 when she was confirmed by the United States Senate as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

Among an extensive list of accolades, Ms. Tauscher also founded the first national research service to help parents verify the backgrounds of childcare workers and published a book titled The ChildCare Sourcebook: The Complete Guide to Finding and Managing Nannies, AuPairs, Babysitters, Day Care, and After-School Programs. In 2001, The Washingtonian named Ms. Tauscher one of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Washington."

The NCCN Foundation was initiated in 2010, with a key goal of raising funds for the development and distribution of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients™. Nine of these guidelines for patients are now available with more planned for the coming year. The NCCN Guidelines for Patients™ use the same treatment algorithms that are the hallmark of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) but are translated into a more consumer-friendly format utilizing language for non-professional audiences.