NCCN continues to collaborate with two leading oncology organizations in Poland, the Maria Sklodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology (MSCNRIO) and the Polish Alliance for Innovation (AFI), to advance evidence-based cancer care in the Polish region. The project is led by Polish oncologists and includes the Health Technology Assessment Agency, National Health Fund, Ministry of Health, and Polish patient advocacy groups.
As a further commitment to advance the collaboration, NCCN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Poland (Ministerstwo Zdrowia Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej) to solidify activities between NCCN and the Ministry of Health to improve and share best practices in cancer care between the United Stated and the Republic of Poland. Initial efforts are directed at developing collaborative research, training, and other activities addressing shared priorities, including cancer prevention and early diagnosis; cancer treatment; cancer-focused awareness, education, and training; and multidisciplinary cancer care.
In May 2021, NCCN hosted an education workshop for Poland focused on NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) methodologies, guideline development best practices, globally adapted NCCN clinical content, and impact of evidence-base guidelines. The workshop featured presentations from NCCN Leadership, and a panel discussion featuring NCCN Guideline Panel Chairs.
In October 2021, NCCN and Polish oncology thought leaders published NCCN Guidelines® for Cervical Cancer: Poland Edition. This successful pilot project provided a foundational model for Poland to develop, implement, and update additional adapted NCCN Guidelines, and will serve as a recommendation report for the Polish Ministry of Health to improve their National Cancer Control Plan implementation.
Moving forward, the collaboration will implement a model for NCCN Guideline adaptations in 16 additional areas of cancer care in Poland. The collaboration will also focus on online education and training for patient advocacy groups in Poland to become an active participant in guideline development and policy advocacy in the region. To learn more about this collaboration, click here.
NCCN Participates in the 90th Anniversary of the Maria Skłodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology in Poland
Dr. Robert Carlson provided remarks as part of the 90th Anniversary of the Maria Skłodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology (MSCI) in Warsaw, Poland. Dr. Carlson outlined the ways that NCCN’s mission and global priorities compliment the long-standing achievements of MSCI, and the ways that NCCN ongoing partnerships in Poland work to advance evidence-based cancer care in the region.
NCCN has an ongoing collaboration with La Fundación para la Excelencia y la Calidad Oncológica (ECO) to adapt NCCN Guidelines for Spain.
ECO is a leading association in Spain, formed by medical oncologists, with the commitment of improving quality care for cancer patients, promoting excellence in clinical assistance, investigation, and training.
“The collaboration with ECO will significantly impact patient care and remedy an unmet need for oncologists and other clinicians in Spain and other Spanish-speaking regions,” said Robert W. Carlson, MD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN.
“ECO and NCCN share many principles and values, and this agreement will help to improve quality care for Spanish cancer patients through the translation and regional adaptation of clinical guidelines,” said Carlos Camps, MD, President, ECO Foundation.