Episode 5: Exploring the importance of guidelines for cancer treatment with the Executive Director of the NCCN Foundation Patrick K. Delaney


Key highlights:

1. Insights on the evolution of medical science, public policy and funding for cancer care in the US

2. The importance supportive care, guidelines and resources, and the role of NCCN and the NCCN Foundation

3. Framework for understanding life-span and quality of life for patients and caregivers

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About our guests

Patrick Delaney

Patrick Delaney is the Executive Director of the NCCN Foundation. Pat joined the NCCN team in 2021 and is a well-rounded professional with over 30 years of experience in management, strategic planning, sales, change management, government relations, fundraising and constituent care.

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  • 4 minutes and 38 seconds

    “My brother was diagnosed with liver cancer and unfortunately it was a terminal diagnosis and we've since lost him. But it reminded me of my not only passion for, but my commitment to getting back into the cause, which just took me a while to get back here. So [I] started looking for my next opportunity specifically in the cancer space, and found the NCCN.”

  • 11 minutes

    “Our focus with NCCN is to bring together some of the brightest and best in oncology care to develop our core product known as our NCCN clinical practice guidelines. And these are the guidelines for clinicians that give the, the, the best care recommendations based upon one's cancer diagnosis. What we do here at the foundation is philanthropic.”

  • 15 minutes

    “If I may I'll use breast cancer as an example, there's one clinical practice guideline it's quite large for, for breast cancer. We've, adapted that into three breast cancer patient guidelines to bring it a little bit to your question, more focused for the, for the retrospective patient population. Um, and we just got funding, very excited. We're gonna have our first ever patient guideline for breast cancer screening coming out later this summer.”

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