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Winthrop-University Hospital's Institute for Cancer Care Chosen as National Community Resource Center for Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer - Archived
May 30, 2014

Winthrop-University Hospital’s Institute for Cancer Care is pleased to announce it has been selected by the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) to serve as a Community Resource Center in its Improving Quality Care in Pancreatic Cancer project. Only five other U.S. cancer centers have been selected to serve in this capacity for the project, which is focused on improving understanding of and treatment for patients with pancreatic cancer. Despite the fact that pancreatic cancer is a less common cancer, with only about 45,000 Americans diagnosed annually, it remains the 4th leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.

ACCC’s Community Resource Centers are ACCC-member cancer programs with experience and expertise in treating certain less common cancers, such as pancreatic cancer. Visit to watch ACCC’s new video announcing the launch of our Community Resource Centers.

Community providers who may only see a few individuals with these less common cancers each year may face unique challenges in treating these patients, including limited time and resources to incorporate emerging clinical data into practice. ACCC’s Community Resource Centers offer access to expertise and opportunities for increased collaboration.

“While treating patients with pancreatic cancer, community-based cancer centers around the country will have the full resources of ACCC, along with the experience of the Winthrop-University Hospital’s Institute for Cancer Care, at their fingertips,” said John Allendorf, MD, Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery at Winthrop-University Hospital “We are proud to participate in this program and share our knowledge to help treat patients faced with pancreatic cancer.”

For example, community providers might contact a Community Resource Center to ask:

  • What guidelines should we follow?
  • How are patients transitioned between care settings?
  • What side effects should we anticipate?
  • What supportive care will this patient need?
  • How has your center addressed the sociodemographic and racial variables that affect prognosis and treatment of patients with pancreatic cancer?

ACCC members can connect with Community Resource Centers at

Winthrop-University Hospital’s Institute for Cancer Care is a regional leader in clinical cancer care. Offering a full complement of world-class inpatient and outpatient services, our nationally recognized expert and experienced staff provides a broad spectrum of high-quality, multidisciplinary care options that focus on prevention, diagnosis, treatment and support services — all carefully tailored to meet the unique, highly personal needs of each patient with a deep sense of compassion. For additional information about the breadth and depth of cancer services at Winthrop, visit a href=""> or call 1-866-WINTHROP.

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) serves as the leading advocacy and education organization for the multidisciplinary cancer care team. Approximately 20,000 cancer care professionals from 1,900 hospitals and practices nationwide are affiliated with ACCC. Providing a national forum for addressing issues that affect community cancer programs, ACCC is recognized as the premier provider of resources for the entire oncology care team. Our members include medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, cancer program administrators and medical directors, senior hospital executives, practice managers, pharmacists, oncology nurses, radiation therapists, social workers, and cancer program data managers. For more information, visit ACCC's website at Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and read our blog, ACCCBuzz.

Contact: Leanna Cherry
Public Relations Manager
(516) 663-2234