The Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Program houses the Maryland
Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan - a resource and guide for all
Marylanders on cancer control topics. The program also coordinates:
1) the Maryland Cancer Collaborative, a statewide partnership of
individuals and organizations working to implement the Maryland
Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and reduce the burden of cancer in
Maryland; and 2) the Maryland Patient Navigation Network, a statewide
network of individuals who work to navigate patients through the cancer
The Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan (MCCCP) is a resource
for all Marylanders (individuals, healthcare providers, and
organizations) on cancer control topics. It is also a guide for health
professionals who are involved in planning, directing, implementing,
evaluating, or performing research on cancer control in Maryland.
Individuals, communities, and health professionals throughout the
state can use the goals, objectives, and strategies in the plan to help
guide their cancer control activities. The plan's goal is to encourage
collaboration and cohesiveness among these many stakeholders as they
work towards reducing the burden of cancer in Maryland.
Comprehensive cancer control is a method of communities working together to control cancer by:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides funding
to every US state, tribe, and territory for a Comprehensive Cancer
Control Program. One of the roles of the program is to create and
promote a Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
The structure of the plan follows the definition of comprehensive
cancer control, including topics on primary prevention through
survivorship and palliative care. Each chapter contains goals,
objectives, and strategies to serve as a guide for cancer control in
Maryland. This plan will be a living document for cancer control
planning in Maryland. The plan was designed with the intent of updating
chapters individually as needed. This website is the central location
for MCCCP information including a PDF of the plan, along with additional
resources, background information, and links. Each chapter of the plan
has a page on this website, which will be updated regularly as new
research and recommendations are released and as implementation efforts
take place across the state.
A committee was formed for each chapter of the plan, and in general
consisted of no more than 25 members including epidemiologists,
healthcare providers, researchers, cancer survivors, general public and
other representatives from local and state health departments,
governmental agencies, community-based organizations, academic health
centers, hospitals/other healthcare facilities, and cancer support
groups. Nearly 250 individuals spanning 14 committees were involved in
Co-chairs were selected for each of the 14 committees. The DHMH staff
worked closely with the chairs to develop agendas, timelines, and
materials for committee meetings and to coordinate operational matters.
Over the course of several meetings, the committees reviewed materials
and employed a variety of methods to accomplish their goal: to revise or
write a new chapter and develop a set of recommendations to improve
cancer control on their given topic. Committee members, as well as
guest speakers and chapter contributors, are listed at the beginning of
The goals, objectives, and strategies at the end of each chapter
serve as a guide to all organizations in the state and show areas where
additional attention is needed. Collectively, the goals, objectives,
and strategies are far-reaching and complex. No one organization can
carry out all of these activities. Rather, these goals, objectives, and
strategies are listed as our call to action to encourage any
organization involved in any aspect of cancer control to address one or
more of these goals and objectives and to apply the appropriate
strategies as resources and opportunities arise.
A progress report on the 2004-2008 MCCCP was created with input from
the nearly 250 committee members involved in writing the new plan.
Committee members reviewed the goals, objectives, and strategies of the
2004-2008 MCCCP and reported on progress known for each. After the
current MCCCP was released, the Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control
Program began to release annual Cancer Plan Progress Reports.
The goal of the Maryland Cancer Collaborative is to work with
individuals and organizations throughout the state to implement the
Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan. In addition, the
Collaborative will bring together existing groups and new partners from
across the state to collaborate on a common goal: reducing the burden of
cancer in Maryland. Visit the Collaborative page for more information on the activities of the Collaborative and membership.
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