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USA-290 [AMRO]
Status
Discontinued
Title of the centre:
  WHO Collaborating Centre in Supportive Cancer Care

Director / Head: 
  Professor Charles S. CLEELAND
 




Institution:
  Pain Research Group, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  University of Texas
Address:
  1515 Holcombe Boulevard Box 221, TX 77030-4095
 
 
Town:
  Houston
Country:
  USA
Region:
  AMRO
Phone:
  (1-713) 745 3470
Fax:
  (1-713) 745 3475
Date of Designation:
  28/May/1998
Last Redesignation:
  29/Mar/2004
Date of Discontinuation:
  24/Jun/2008
Terms of Reference:
  1. 1. To cooperate with national investigators in the design & implementation of international research programs in supportive care for cancer patients. These programs will be sensitive to the resources & cultural expectations of the areas where they are to be implemented. The Center will offer a multi-disciplinary team of supportive care medical specialists & researchers to provide expertise in the clinical practice & research in supportive care. 2. To provide a model to study the international diffusion of the best evidence-based supportive care practice in countries requesting assistance. The existing model uses a multidisciplinary approach, with intensive training protocols, providing didactic, clinical & drug policy components for appropriate use of opioid analgesics. The model also supports the creation of regional or national demonstration projects that utilize the post effective symptom management methods. This model would be expanded to encompass the broad objectives of supportive care. 3. To develop outcome measures & outcome study designs for the evaluation & refinement of national & international training & treatment modalities in supportive care. Such evaluations might include clinical outcome research, cost effectiveness studies, & studies of physician practice patterns in supportive care. These evaluations should also include evaluation of changes in supportive care practice as reflected in modifications in health policy & treatment availability. 4. To provide technical support for the WHO Program on Cancer Control as well as the WHO Regional Offices, particularly with regard to supportive care & symptom management. 
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Responsible Officer:
  Barcelo, Dr Alberto
Phone:
  (1-202) 974 3589
Email:
  barceloa@paho.org

Technical Counterpart:
  Sepulveda, Dr Cecilia
Phone:
  (41-22) 791 3706
Email:
  sepulvedac@who.int
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
  Link to eWork