In 2010, Northside Hospital was selected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to be an NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP). By joining this elite group of 21 community cancer centers, Northside has access to a national network to expand research and deliver the latest in high-quality cancer care in Atlanta.
NCI established the NCCCP to recognize the role that community hospitals play in staying healthy, especially in diagnosing and treating cancer. NCI estimates that 85 percent of cancer patients are diagnosed and receive at least their first round of treatment at community hospitals. Being part of NCCCP gives Northside more opportunities to provide leading edge cancer care.
Northside's affiliation with NCCCP builds upon a strong history of comprehensive cancer care. For more than 30 years, the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute has provided patients with comprehensive cancer screening, prevention, treatment and support services.
Patients diagnosed with cancer receive coordinated medical, surgical and radiation oncology services while receiving compassionate care. Through NCCCP, Northside patients benefit from expanded opportunities and resources to receive coordinated treatment and services including: improved quality, expanded research opportunities and enhanced access to care.
Northside’s multidisciplinary approach improves quality throughout the cancer journey.
The process of diagnosing and treating cancer is complex and often involves a team of doctors, nurses and other health care team members. This multidisciplinary approach combines the skills of several different disciplines to provide the best possible care. Northside Cancer Institute provides physicians with the opportunity to review cases with other physicians and specialists to ensure the best treatment plan is created for their patient.
A cancer diagnosis is challenging and can cause great uncertainty for patients and their loved ones. Patients want and need someone who can answer their questions and help overcome challenges faced during this difficult time. Northside Hospital provides this support through the Nurse Navigation Program.
Palliative care is a partnership among patients, medical specialists and family members to ensure the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of a patient are met. Northside’s Palliative Care Team is interdisciplinary, combining the expertise and knowledge of physicians, nurse practitioners, medical social workers and chaplains who have specialized training in helping patients to treat the discomfort, symptoms and stress of a serious illness.
Patients receiving treatment at Northside will have access to the latest scientific advancements through expanded access to clinical trials. When a patient receives a diagnosis of cancer, their first thought might not be what clinical trials are available to them. At Northside Hospital, we are committed to providing access to novel treatment through clinical trials and providing a contribution to the advancement of cancer therapies through scientific research.
Northside is dedicated to enhancing access to care for the community we serve. We are developing relationships with community and nonprofit organizations to prevent cancer and increase early detection. As an NCI Community Cancer Center, Northside Hospital has dedicated greater resources to reducing inequalities of care for patients in our community.
Northside Hospital has developed programs to more effectively reach the undeserved in our communities to improve access to cancer screening, treatment and research. With the addition of a Disparities Nurse Navigator and Community Health Advocates, patients have support navigating the financial and social barriers that may prevent them from receiving comprehensive cancer care.
Northside Hospital has a team of NCCCP-participating physicians, dedicated to the highest level of clinical excellence while providing an exceptional patient experience. This core group of high-quality physicians have committed to investing extra time and resources to meet the expectations of the NCI including committee participation and/or leadership, contributions to clinical research efforts, use of multidisciplinary care conference, navigation, support and palliative care services.