The NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) is a national network of investigators, cancer care providers, academic institutions, and other organizations. NCORP conducts multi-site cancer clinical trials and studies in diverse populations in community-based healthcare systems across the United States and Puerto Rico. The NCORP is housed in the NCI Division of Cancer Prevention, with collaboration by the NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, NCI Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, and NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.
The overall goal of NCORP is to bring cancer clinical trials (cancer control, prevention, screening, treatment, and imaging), as well as cancer care delivery research (CCDR), to individuals in their own communities, thus generating a broadly applicable evidence base that contributes to improved patient outcomes and a reduction in cancer disparities.
NCORP designs and conducts cancer prevention, control, screening and post-treatment surveillance clinical trials, and CCDR studies, including comparative effectiveness research. NCORP also facilitates patient and provider access to treatment and imaging trials from the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN); facilitates minority and underserved participation in clinical research; increases integration of disparities research questions across all study types and settings; integrates primary and specialty care providers' health services and behavioral researchers' expertise with oncologists; and accelerates knowledge transfer into clinical practice and healthcare systems and organizations.
Community-based Cancer Research
NCI has been collaborating with community investigators and bringing research to communities for more than 30 years. NCORP builds on NCI’s previous community programs, maintaining the strong history of clinical research accountability, resource sharing and exchange, and partnership building between NCI, academic institutions, and communities.
Research in the community setting allows access to a larger and more diverse patient population in a variety of "real world" healthcare locations. This can accelerate accrual to clinical trials, enable feasibility testing of promising new interventions, and increase the generalizability of study findings. Engaging community oncologists in collaborative research can also facilitate the uptake of effective, evidence-based practices into routine care.
NCORP brings researchers together with community based physicians to conduct high quality clinical studies for cancer patients, for people at risk of cancer and their health care organizations in local community settings, where most patients receive their care.
Origins of NCORP
NCORP’s community-based approach builds on the scope and activities of NCI's previously supported community networks: the NCI Community Clinical Oncology Program (Community Clinical Oncology Programs, Minority-Based Clinical Oncology Programs, Research Bases), administered by the NCI Division of Cancer Prevention; and the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), administered by the NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences.