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Norton Cancer Institute Celebrates Year 1 Accomplishments for Community Cancer Centers Program, Announces Plans for Year 2

LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 28, 2010): At a celebration today, Norton Cancer Institute officials announced significant accomplishments for year 1 of its participation in the National Cancer Institute’s Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP).  In April 2010 Norton Cancer Institute was among 14 new sites chosen by the National Cancer Institute, and the first site in Kentucky, to join a national network of community cancer centers focused on reducing gaps in health care, expanding access to clinical trials, and enhancing quality initiatives to provide state-of-the-art cancer care at health care organizations serving rural, suburban, small-town, and underserved urban populations.

“The first year of our participation in the NCCCP Program has accelerated our prevention, treatment and research agenda, resulting in significant improvements in our efforts to fight cancer in our community and region,” said Sandra E. Brooks, M.D., MBA, system vice president, research and prevention for Norton Healthcare and principal investigator for the NCCCP. “In year two we will expand our efforts to help ensure that Louisville-area cancer patients have access to the latest, most advanced cancer care close to home.”

Year 1 Highlights/Accomplishments

Norton Cancer Institute’s year 1 NCCCP accomplishments have included:

  • Increased community outreach services by more than 10 percent through the Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Program, conducting 72 outreach events with 250 community partners and reaching more than 11,000 people. Outreach efforts included more than 5,000 community screenings for breast, prostate, cervical, colon and skin cancers.
  • Added a total of 10 key staff in the battle to fight cancer, including lay health navigators, a clinical trials community outreach nurse, survivorship nurse navigator, IT support staff and program administrators.
  • Implemented a new registration system to ensure that appropriate race and ethnicity data is recorded, ensuring that all patients receive high-quality cancer care.
  • Expanded and enhanced several key programs, including the automatic referral program for breast and ovarian patients at high risk for hereditary cancer; survivorship program, including plans for a new Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer Clinic; and educational programs for health professionals, patients and the community on the importance of cancer clinical trials.
  • Formed a community advisory board of community leaders and cancer support organizations to provide input into NCCCP initiatives to meet community needs in the fight against cancer.
  • Made  advancements to promote cancer research and clinical trials, including increasing access for local cancer patients to national clinical trials; progress toward integrating Norton Healthcare technology with a national research network to match local patients with clinical trials and create opportunities for patients to donate specimens to support cancer research; and implementing the National Cancer Institute’s Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources, ensuring that Norton Cancer Institute provides high quality biospecimens, which are essential to the progression of cancer research.
  • Incorporated Norton Cancer Institute’s quality and prevention initiatives as a featured case study in Norton Healthcare’s successful application for the 2011 National Quality Forum National Quality Healthcare Award.

Year 2 Plans

  • Continue to expand all year 1 efforts, including another 10 percent increase in community outreach cancer screenings.
  • Establish new and enhanced initiatives for the survivorship program and educate staff on the role of palliative care and hospice in providing support for patients with cancer; provide psychosocial support for staff members who care for oncology patients; and inform and educate the community and physicians on clinical trials available at Norton Cancer Institute.
  • Continue the Survivorship Celebration program for cancer survivors and their families, with a June 4, 2011 celebration planned for Louisville Slugger Field.

About Norton Cancer Institute
Treating nearly half of all patients with a new cancer diagnosis  in Louisville, Norton Cancer Institute is the leading provider of comprehensive cancer care in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Its team of specialists is dedicated to offering patients confidence and hope through a multidisciplinary approach to  cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Norton Cancer Institute offers a broad range of cancer specialists, services and programs, including an orthopaedic oncologist; the da Vinci surgical system; a $1 million Mobile Prevention Center; and a cancer radiation center with iMRT, BrainLab radiotherapy and MammoSite technology. A new institute building downtown with state-of-the-art radiation oncology capabilities and multidisciplinary clinic space is under construction and scheduled to open in summer 2011. Norton Cancer Institute also provides extensive educational, physical and emotional support services, as well as a variety of cancer research studies and clinical trials. Norton Cancer Institute is designated by the American College of Surgeons as the only accredited Network Cancer Program in Kentucky and one of only 33 in the nation. In 2010, Norton Cancer Institute was selected to join the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program. NCCCP is a strategic partnership between the National Cancer Institute and participating hospitals. The program is designed to create a community-based cancer center network to support research, enhance access to care and increase quality at community hospitals throughout the nation. Norton Cancer Institute is the only NCCCP site in Kentucky and one of only 30 sites in the nation. More information is available at
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