National Cancer Policy Forum


Type: Forum
Topics: Biomedical and Health Research, Diseases, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Quality and Patient Safety
Board: Board on Health Care Services

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine established the National Cancer Policy Forum (NCPF) to serve as a trusted venue in which experts can work collaboratively to identify emerging high-priority policy issues in cancer research and care and to examine those issues through convening activities that promote discussion about opportunities for action.

These activities inform stakeholders about critical policy issues through published reports and often provide input for formal consensus committee studies. The NCPF provides a continual focus within the National Academies on cancer, addressing issues in science, clinical medicine, public health, and public policy that are relevant to the goal of reducing the cancer burden, both through prevention and by improving the care and outcomes for those diagnosed with cancer.

The NCPF has members with a broad range of expertise in cancer, including patient advocates; clinicians; and basic, translational, and clinical scientists. Members represent federal agencies, academia, professional organizations, nonprofits, and industry. The forum has addressed a wide array of topics, including:

  • enhancing collaborations to accelerate research and development; 
  • improving the quality and value of cancer care and survivorship care;
  • developing tools and technologies to enhance cancer research and care; and 
  • examining factors that influence cancer incidence and mortality.


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Forum Members


  • Edward Benz, Jr., Chair
  • Amy Abernethy
  • Lucile Adams-Campbell
  • Garnet Anderson
  • Kenneth Anderson
  • Karen Basen-Engquist
  • Cathy Bradley
  • Otis Brawley
  • Robert Carlson
  • Christopher Cogle
  • Roger Dansey
  • Nancy Davidson
  • George Demetri
  • James Doroshow
  • Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson     
  • Stanton Gerson
  • Lori Hoffman-Hogg
  • Linda House
  • Hedvig Hricak
  • Lisa Kennedy Sheldon
  • Samir Khleif
  • Ronald Kline
  • Lee Krug
  • Francois Lafleur
  • Michelle Le Beau
  • Mia Levy
  • Martin Murphy
  • Richard Pazdur
  • Lisa Richardson
  • Mace Rothenberg
  • Richard Schilsky
  • Deborah Schrag
  • Lawrence Shulman
  • Dan Theodorescu
  • George Weiner
  • Robert Winn
  • Richard Woodman
  • Wendy Woodward

Forum Sponsors

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Institutes of Health/ National Cancer Institute
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Cancer Society
  • American College of Radiology
  • American Society for Radiation Oncology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Hematology
  • Association of American Cancer Institutes
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Cancer Support Community
  • CEO Roundtable on Cancer
  • Flatiron Health
  • Helsinn Therapeutics (U.S.), Inc.
  • LIVESTRONG ‚ÄčFoundation
  • Merck
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • Novartis Oncology
  • Oncology Nursing Society
  • Pfizer, Inc.

Forum Staff

Sharyl Nass, Forum Director
Erin Balogh, Senior Program Officer
Cyndi Trang, Research Assistant
Natalie Lubin, Senior Program Assistant

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