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Medical News & Perspectives
May 5, 1999

25 Years of Community Cancer Center Care

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JAMA. 1999;281(17):1579. doi:10.1001/jama.281.17.1579-JMN0505-5-1

Rockville, Md—The advent of increasingly sophisticated methods of treating cancer, beginning in the 1950s and 1960s in university medical centers, specialized institutions, and oncology groups, paved the way for a new generation of oncologists. Eager to bring treatment advances to the community, a small cadre of them formed the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Today, the Rockville, Md–based group describes itself as "the nation's premier policy-setting organization for the oncology team." Its members include medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, cancer program administrators and medical directors, senior hospital executives, practice managers, oncology nurses, oncology social workers, and cancer program data managers. ACCC institution/group practice members include more than 550 medical centers, hospitals, oncology practices, and cancer programs across the United States, which together treat some 40% of all newly diagnosed cancer patients in the country.

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