NCCN Policy and Advocacy Program

NCCN works to advance patient access to high-quality, evidence-based cancer care through engagement with policymakers, regulatory agencies, and private and public payers. NCCN’s Policy & Advocacy Department engages at both the federal and state level to advance legislative and regulatory priorities that will improve access to guideline concordant care and the overall quality of cancer in the United States. NCCN actively works with regulatory agencies, payers, and legislators to ensure the appropriate use of NCCN Guidelines and associated clinical content in legislation, regulation, coverage policy, and quality and value programs. NCCN’s Policy and Advocacy Department has made a resolute commitment to advancing cancer equity, actively collaborating with external stakeholders to identify and address systemic barriers, promoting equitable access to quality cancer prevention, treatment, and supportive services. NCCN also develops educational programming and hosts a Policy Summit series tri-annually to explore relevant policy issues in the oncology policy space. 

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NCCN Findings on Cancer Drug Shortages

NCCN has surveyed its Member Institutions multiple times, starting in May 2023, to gauge the impact of ongoing cancer drug shortages. 

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NCCN Activities Align with National Cancer Plan

NCCN was honored to engage in a discussion with the President’s Cancer Panel on activities underway to achieve the National Cancer Plan’s goals of reducing the burden of cancer. 

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Advancing Cancer Equity

NCCN is dedicated to improving and facilitating quality, effective, equitable, and accessible cancer care so all patients can live better lives. NCCN continues to pursue urgent work to address cancer disparities through many programs and initiatives.

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Policy Summit Series

NCCN Oncology Policy Summits provide an opportunity for oncology stakeholders to thoughtfully discuss relevant health policy concerns. Each year, NCCN hosts three Policy Summits, including a patient advocacy summit, that engage a diverse group of stakeholders, including patients, advocates, clinicians, administrators, payers, regulatory experts, and others.

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Policy Priorities

NCCN’s policy priorities are developed and updated by organization leadership with recommendations from our Policy Advisory Group as needed.

If you are interested in learning more about NCCN’s policy work or would like to inform NCCN of a policy initiative related to our priorities, please contact the policy program at

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