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NCCN Announces Addition of UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

NCCN is now an alliance of 30 leading cancer centers, with the addition of 2 new Member Institutions: UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. These top-tier academic cancer centers are located in 2 of the most-populous cities in the United States—Los Angeles and Dallas, respectively—and serve large, diverse groups of patients. Both centers have a strong commitment for advancing innovative research that improves cancer care and reduces disparities. Experts from both centers will now be involved in the creation of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines)—the recognized standard for clinical direction in cancer care and the most thorough and frequently updated clinical practice guidelines available in any area of medicine.

“We are very excited to incorporate the significant medical and scientific expertise from both UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center into our network of top academic cancer centers,” said Robert W. Carlson, MD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN. “Both have proven track records when it comes to improving outcomes and quality-of-life for people with cancer. Their facilities include top-notch programs throughout the spectrum of cancer management, including pediatric oncology, genetics, immunotherapy, telemedicine, and other increasingly-important areas of interest for NCCN and the greater cancer care community. They serve diverse, growing populations with strong immigrant representation at a time when the global need for NCCN Guidelines is higher than ever. The multidisciplinary experts at UCLA and Simmons are among the best in the world, and both centers are ranked very highly by U.S. News & World Report. We are happy to have them work with us to improve and facilitate quality, effective, efficient, and accessible cancer care so patients can live better lives.”

“We are honored and thrilled to become a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network,” said Michael Teitell, MD, PhD, Director, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. “We look forward to joining our peer institutions and bringing our focus on cutting-edge research and top-quality cancer care to this association of the nation’s top cancer centers.”

“We are excited to be able to join forces with the other leading cancer centers who are part of NCCN,” said John Sweetenham, MD, Associate Director of Clinical Affairs, UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Working with the other Member Institutions, we will ensure that the best possible evidence-based cancer care is available to patients throughout the nation and beyond. Our membership will bring the combined expertise of 30 elite cancer centers to the people of North Texas.” Carlos L. Arteaga, MD, Director of the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, echoed Dr. Sweetenham by adding “membership of the NCCN will greatly enhance our ability to apply the most recent cancer discoveries to our patient care mission.”

In 2019 alone, more than 1,500 experts from NCCN Member Institutions contributed a combined 35,000+ hours to create and update NCCN Guidelines. Those guidelines provide the latest evidence- and expert consensus–based recommendations applying to 97% of cancers affecting patients in the United States, and also include prevention, screening, and supportive care topics. The development of the NCCN Guidelines is solely supported by membership dues from the NCCN Member Institutions.

The announcement of the addition of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center comes as NCCN celebrates its 25th anniversary year. The nonprofit organization consisted of 13 centers when it was first founded in 1995.

In addition to joining the panels behind the NCCN Guidelines and their derivatives, experts from both institutions will work with NCCN to provide continuing education; policy and advocacy outreach; best practices information; organization of clinical trials and research; global adaptations and translations; and up-to-date patient information. Visit NCCN.org to learn more about the various programs and their role in improving cancer care worldwide.

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