As reported by Healthcare Review, January 4, 2005.

UConn Health Center, American Cancer Society Sign Collaborative Agreement

Farmington, CT -- The University of Connecticut Health Center and the American Cancer Society, New England Division, are joining forces in the fight against cancer. The two organizations recently signed a collaborative agreement to work together on a number of key initiatives, including education programs for medical providers and consumers, advocacy and outreach efforts throughout the community, and special programs for patients and families.

“We share many common goals and an unwavering commitment to tackle the fight against cancer on several different fronts such as awareness, education and the delivery of comprehensive and compassionate care for patients,” said Carolyn D. Runowicz, MD, director of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UConn Health Center. “Working with the American Cancer Society enhances the support services we provide our patients and strengthens our ability to reach out to the community.”

“We actively seek to collaborate with local hospitals to help provide the best possible care to men and women who are diagnosed with cancer, and promote the overall goals of the American Cancer Society to eliminate cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service,” said Sarah Shafir, MPH, the state vice president for cancer control of the American Cancer Society. She added that the American Cancer Society has a resource center for patients at the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center provides a full spectrum of cancer services, from education and prevention strategies to early detection services, innovative, state-of-the-art treatments, reconstructive surgery, rehabilitation and support services. In addition, patients at the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center can participate in a range of clinical trials and research studies. Services are provided in a convenient location at the UConn Health Center campus in Farmington. For more information, visit, http://cancer.uchc.edu.