National Cancer Policy Forum

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

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The National Cancer Policy Forum was established to serve as a focal point and trusted venue for the engagement of national leaders from multiple sectors working cooperatively to address high priority policy issues in the nation's effort to combat cancer. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine draws upon its uniquely independent status and expertise to steward sustained discussion and collaboration among national experts and health stakeholders on issues relevant to the goals of preventing and treating cancer. Participants represent clinicians, patients, researchers, professional and advocacy organizations, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and policy makers The objectives of the Forum are to identify emerging high priority policy issues in science, clinical medicine, and public health relevant to the goals of preventing and treating cancer, and to examine those issues through convening activities that promote discussion about potential opportunities for action.

Forums of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are designed to allow sponsoring members from government, industry, academic, consumer, and other representatives to meet, confer, and plan on subject areas of mutual interest. The Forum sponsors include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, the Association of American Cancer Institutes, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, the Cancer Support Community, the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, Flatiron Health, Helsinn Healthcare SA, the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Merck, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Novartis Oncology, the Oncology Nursing Society, and Pfizer. Additional distinguished experts from the cancer community are appointed as members to serve three-year terms. The Forum works under the Board on Health Care Services.

The Forum enables all members to be full participants in identifying and debating critical policy issues in cancer care and research, and in examining potential strategies for improvement. These convening activities result in publicly available reports and may provide input to planning formal consensus committee studies. Ideas for committee studies that emerge from the Forum’s deliberations are handed off to an appropriate ad hoc committee appointed by the Academies. The studies are conducted by NCPF staff and the committees often include one or more members of the Forum. Forum sponsors often actively pursue activities to facilitate the implementation of recommendations made in consensus reports, as well as suggestions proposed in Forum workshops.

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