Through the collective efforts of partners, the Georgia Comprehensive Cancer Program (GCCCP) seeks to utilize the Georgia Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan as a strategic guide to address the state’s cancer burden and improve the quality of life among cancer survivors.
More Georgians are surviving and living after being diagnosed with cancer. In September 2007, the GCCCP hosted Georgia’s first statewide cancer survivorship conference attracting over 100 cancer survivors and health care professionals. The momentum around cancer survivorship has heightened since the conference. As a result, the revised five-year Georgia Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan includes a focus on improving the quality of life for all cancer survivors in Georgia.
The Georgia Center for Oncology Research & Education (CORE) continues to lead statewide efforts to offer survivorship care to cancer survivors in Georgia. Visit GeorgiaCancerInfo.org to read more about survivors’ unique cancer journeys in Georgia.
The GCCCP funds the Regional Cancer Coalitions of Georgia (RCCG) to implement programs to assist Georgia in its mission to become a national leader in cancer care. The RCCGs continue to utilize their competence and expertise in cancer in an effort to move forward the agenda of the state’s cancer plan. Currently, each RCCG is implementing cancer survivorship activities in their regions in an effort to enhance survivorship and quality of life for cancer patients.
Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death and disease (including cancer) among adults in the United States. The GCCCP continues to partner with the Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program (GTUPP) to increase the number of model tobacco-free policies adopted and enforced. There are numerous benefits associated with maintaining partnerships with the Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program.
The GCCCP and GTUPP partnership provides an opportunity to leverage experiences and successes aimed at reducing cancer-risks by creating tobacco-free environments through the adoption and enforcement of 100% tobacco-free model policies in settings including: school districts, universities and colleges, and park and recreation facilities as well as supporting access to free tobacco cessation resources and services for all residents.