The underlying principle of ICEC is to establish a sustainable corps of experts who have sufficient time and resources to provide mentorship to healthcare workers within an underserved community so that over a mutually developed timeline the team in the lower-middle income facility can provide the full spectrum of cancer care at international standards.

July 2017

ICEC Centers and Associates/Hubs and Experts:

– We are building the roster of the initial ICEC programs from existing “twinning programs” and are assessing where they fit into the “5-Step Plan” in order to phase in the education, training and mentorship metrics to track progression of the ability of programs to deliver high-quality care with the long-term goal of each program’s becoming a recognized regional cancer center.   Additionally, in collaboration with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the American Brachytherapy Society, ICEC will pilot the NCCN Framework for Resource Stratification of NCCN Guidelines (NCCN Framework™). NCCN’s goal “is to identify appropriate treatment at four resource levels—Basic, Limited, Enhanced, and Maximal—and deliver a tool for health care providers to identify treatment options that will provide the best possible outcomes at a given resource level”. The NCCN Framework is a particularly valuable tool to be used in LMICs and other challenging environments. ICEC appreciates the unique opportunity to work toward formal guideline and protocol development with an expert group and one connected closely with the major academic cancer centers.