Talk:Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine(OCCAM)

The Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) is an office of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis. OCCAM is responsible for NCI’s research agenda in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as it relates to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and symptom management.

As part of the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis OCCAM works to identify gaps in the science relating to complementary and alternative medicine and creates funding opportunities for those interested in researching CAM.OCCAM partners with other federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations to increase the testing of CAM approaches with regard to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, symptom management, and rehabilitation.

Mission[edit]

The mission of OCCAM is to improve the quality of care of cancer patients, as well as those at risk for cancer and those recovering from cancer treatment, by contributing to the advancement of evidence-based CAM practice and the sciences that support it as well as the availability of high-quality information for the health care community, researchers, and general public.

Organization[edit]

OCCAM is organized into three main programs:Research Development and Support Program, Practice Assessment Program(PAP) and Communications and Outreach Program.

The Research Development and Support analyzes CAM research portfolio to inform funding and policy decisions and advises researchers on how to prepare grant applications based on review committee comments. The goal of the Practice Assessment Program is to improve the quality of care of cancer patients by rigorous scientific evaluation of cancer CAM interventions. THE PAP also Reviews case summary data from patients who use CAM therapies for the treatment of cancer through the NCI Best Case Series Program which serves to identify real world successful applications of CAM therapies with anti-cancer effects. The Communications and Outreach Program acquire and develop high-quality information about cancer and CAM for NCI and for dissemination to the health care community, researchers, patients, and the general public.

Research[edit]

OCCAM coordinates NCI's CAM research activities and assists in the growth of CAM research within the NCI by increasing the capacity of the various relevant programs to support that research and keep it integrated with other research in related areas (e.g. nutrition, natural products, and behavioral sciences). For more information about current NCI CAM trials visit the funding opportunities page

Contact[edit]

Mailing Address: Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) National Cancer Institute, NIH 6116 Executive Blvd., Suite 609, MSC 8339 Bethesda, Maryland 20892 (301) 435-7980 (P) (301) 480-0075 (F) ncioccam1-r@mail.nih.gov

Public Inquiries: Visit the NCI Contact Us for Help Web page

Call the Cancer Information Service 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) TTY: 1-800-332-8615

Media Inquiries All media inquiries must go through the Office of Media Relations

301) 496-6641 (P) ncipressofficers@mail.nih.gov

References[edit]

Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis

Liz2200 (talk) 18:00, 1 September 2009 (UTC)

Comments[edit]

I've merged this content into the stub. Tim Vickers (talk) 20:58, 1 September 2009 (UTC)