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Norton Cancer Institute to continue participation in national cancer program

Awarded more than $900,000 to enhance cancer research, care in Greater Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 9, 2012) — The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, recently selected Norton Cancer Institute to continue participation in its national network of community cancer centers. A member of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) since 2010, Norton Cancer Institute was awarded $901,882 to fund participation in the NCCCP network for the next two years. Norton Cancer Institute is one of only 21 facilities in the nation to be selected for this program, which will directly benefit cancer patients and survivors in the local community and beyond.

The NCCCP is a network of community hospitals that work together to expand cancer research and improve quality of patient care with an emphasis on underserved populations. The goal of the program is to provide cutting-edge treatment in communities so more patients can remain close to home during treatment rather than traveling to major academic medical centers. The NCCCP network serves approximately 53,000 people newly diagnosed with cancer each year.

Launched in 2007 as a pilot program comprising 16 community hospitals, the NCCCP added 14 additional sites to the network in 2010. Funding available from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allowed the 30 NCCCP hospitals to compete for a program extension, and 21 have been awarded funds to continue participation. Norton Cancer Institute’s selection ensures that the NCCCP network’s ongoing efforts to offer state-of-the-art, coordinated care and create research opportunities will continue to be addressed in Greater Louisville. Norton Cancer Institute’s continued participation in the program helps support NCI’s overall mission of accelerating cancer research and improving outcomes for cancer patients across the United States.

Since 2010, participation in the NCCCP program has allowed Norton Cancer Institute to enhance the continuum of care provided to patients. Norton Cancer Institute has been able to incorporate community feedback into more detailed training, better survivorship programs and an enhanced patient navigator system to help people in Greater Louisville overcome the barriers they face in everyday life while battling cancer. Continued success is expected throughout the next two years, as Norton Cancer Institute is one of only 21 facilities chosen to continue this important program. The nearest facility offering the same benefit to cancer patients is Saint Mary’s Health Care in Grand Rapids, Mich. For more information about the NCCCP, visit ncccp.cancer.gov.