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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

The NCCN Foundation welcomes Ellen Tauscher, Special Envoy for Strategic Stability and Missile Defense, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and Member of Congress, to the NCCN Foundation Board of Directors, chaired by ABC News veteran, Sam Donaldson.

FORT WASHINGTON, PA — 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.

About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 27 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

The NCCN Member Institutions are:

  • Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
  • Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute
  • 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 Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 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 Rogel Cancer Center
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
  • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital