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NCCN and AstraZeneca Announce Projects to Explore Quality Improvements in Lung Cancer

NCCN Oncology Research Program to oversee projects to improve patient care and outcomes in advanced lung cancer.

PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA [March 3, 2020] — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Oncology Research Program (ORP) today announced three research projects selected to receive funding to improve healthcare provider performance and/or healthcare quality, focusing on enhancing patient care and outcomes for people with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The designated projects will be funded through a collaboration with AstraZeneca, a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company.

“Lung cancer is still the number one cause of cancer death in the United States,” said Wui-Jin Koh, MD, Chief Medical Officer, NCCN. “We’ve seen rapid and robust progress in treating this cancer recently, and it’s having a significant impact on reducing mortality. Now we want to make it easier for medical practices to implement these innovations and make sure they’re reaching every patient who could benefit from them. These projects will hopefully serve as sustainable models for promoting system efficiency and enhancing patient outcomes and satisfaction.”

The selected projects are:

  • Developing a PREcision meDICine Thoracic (PREDICT) Service in a Large Practice Network: Focus on Implementation, Physician and Patient Impact
  • Randomized Trial of a Supportive Care Mobile Application (App) to Improve Symptoms, Coping, and Quality of Life in Patients with Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)
  • System-wide Integration of Plasma-based Next Generation Sequencing into Clinical Pathways for Detection of NCCN Recommended Biomarkers to Improve the Management of Patients with Metastatic Non-squamous NSCLC

“AstraZeneca is committed to eliminating cancer as a cause of death,” said Adrian Kilcoyne, MD, VP, US Medical Affairs, AstraZeneca. “We cannot do this through innovative medicines alone, we must also be active partners in improving the quality of cancer care for patients. We are pleased to partner with NCCN in support of this important work.”

The research projects will begin in the third quarter of 2020 and continue for two years. The results from the funded projects will be disseminated upon completion to improve delivery of cancer care in other practices.

The NCCN ORP fosters innovation and knowledge discovery that improves the lives of people with cancer and supports preclinical, translational, clinical research and quality improvement projects in oncology at NCCN Member Institutions. In an effort to improve collaboration in cancer research, the NCCN ORP also maintains a shared resources website and an informed consent database. For more information, visit

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