Everything You Need to Know About Cancer Centers

Everything You Need to Know
About Cancer Centers
Debbie Dibbert
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Jana Sharpley
Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center
Washington University School of Medicine
Suzanne Teer
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
• Part of the NIH, one of 11 agencies of Department of Health
and Human Services
• Established under the National Cancer Institute Act of 1937
• The fed’s principal agency for cancer research and training
“…..conducts and supports research, training, health information
dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause,
diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation
from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the
families of cancer patients.”
Harold Varmus, MD
Director, National Cancer Institute
• Co-recipient of Nobel Prize in 1989 for
studies of the genetic basis of cancer
• Began his tenure June 2010
• Former President and CEO, Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and
Director, National Institutes of Health
• 23 years as faculty member at UC San
What is a NCI-Designated Center?
• Institutions dedicated to research in the development of more
effective approaches to prevent, diagnosis and treat cancer
• 67 centers: most affiliated with university medical centers;
some are freestanding centers; some conduct research only
• Entrée to greater federal funding
• Recognition of scientific excellence and outstanding leadership
Two Levels of NCI-Designated Centers
1. Comprehensive Cancer Centers (41 nationally)
• Scientific leadership in each of three areas: laboratory,
clinical and population-based research
• Substantial transdisciplinary research that bridges these
• Professional and public education and outreach, including
dissemination of clinical and public health advances
2. Cancer Centers (26 nationally)
• Scientific leadership, resources and capabilities in laboratory, clinical
or population science, or some combination of these three
• Reasonable depth and breadth of research in the scientific areas it
chooses and transdisciplinary research across these areas
Cancer Center Support Grant (P30)
• Funding provided by NCI to support:
Formal, interactive scientific research programs
Centralized shared resources (technologies, services, consultation)
Strategic planning and evaluation
Developmental funding to pursue newly identified priorities
Centralized Cancer Center administration
Centralized scientific oversight of cancer clinical trials
• Substantial funding involved
• FY11 range $720,000 - $13.6 million (1 year)
• Extensive written grant + site visit by NCI review committee;
renewed every 5 years
• Philanthropy important in the “institutional support” component
Specialized Programs of Research Excellence
• Promote interdisciplinary, translational cancer research
• Basic + clinical scientists = new and diverse approaches
• Focused on a specific organ site or a group of cancers (i.e. GI cancers)
• Goal: Rapid and efficient movement of basic scientific findings into
clinical settings
o Required to reach a human end-point within 5-year funding
• 62 SPOREs in 23 states; 17 organ sites/systems represented
• Encourages the advice of patient advocates
Institutional Structure
Free-standing Cancer Center
Benefits & Challenges
Similarities & Differences
76 Current Member Institutions
Matrix Cancer Center—School of Medicine Partner
Free-standing Cancer Center—Research Institute Partner*
(provides cancer-specific care)
Hospital/Health System (CHS) —Research Institute Partner*
(provides care in many specialty areas)
*Typical research affiliation
NACCDO member cancer centers represent a broad range
of organizational frameworks
Factors that Impact Development:
Governance or Advisory Body
• Cancer Center Board of Directors
• University Trustees
• Medical School Trustees
Hospital Affiliation Agreement
• Full Ownership
• Partnership
• Service Contract
Financial Reporting Line
• University
• Medicine
• Cancer Center
Factors that Impact Development:
Development Reporting Line
• University development leadership
• Medical development leadership
• Cancer center director
University Clearance System for Prospects/Donors
Centralized Services or Self-contained Services
• Database
• Gift processing
• Planned giving
• Annual Fund
Photo of SCC/CAM
Yale University
Factors that Impact Development:
Free-standing Cancer Center/Hospital
Governing or Advisory Body
• Cancer Center Board of Directors
• Foundation Board of Directors
• Hospital/System Board of Directors
Academic Partner Affiliation--University or Research Institute
• Institutional Partner
• Contract
Financial Reporting Line
• Hospital
• Foundation
• Cancer Center
Factors that Impact Development:
Free-standing Cancer Center/Hospital-cont’d
Development Reporting Line
• Hospital leadership
• Foundation leadership
• Cancer center director
Less Complicated Clearance System for Prospects/Donors
Centralized or Self-contained Services
• Database
• Gift processing
• Planned giving
• Annual Fund
NACCDO members represent
centers across the spectrum.
We share the common goal of
raising funds to fight cancer.
NACCDO History
• Informal annual meetings started at Fox Chase Cancer Center
in 1987
• Established Steering Committee at annual meeting at The
Ohio State University in 1992
To relieve the burden of cancer by addressing the needs
unique to development officers at NCI-supported cancer
• Open to any NCI-designated or NCI-funded cancer center
• Membership is by institution. All professional development
officers at member institutions can participate.
• Annual membership dues $350
(effective July 1, 2013 if approved)
• 77 active members in 2012/2013
Debbie Dibbert
UNC Lineberger
Vice Chair
Jana Sharpley
Siteman Cancer Center
Vicki Riedel
Winship, Emory
Board of Directors up to 18 individuals
(15 at-large and past, current and future conference host)
Board members can serve up to two (2) three year terms
Cindy Eller
Roswell Park
• Annual Conference
• Benchmarking
• Range of webinars throughout the year
• Robust website with members only
resource library and job postings
• Networking through listservs and contact lists
NACCDO is your organization
Enjoy the conference
Get involved!

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