Lung Cancer Treatment Information
The Texas Cancer Control Toolkit helps your community organize to heighten awareness of cancer issues, save lives and, ultimately, decrease the burden of cancer.
NOW AVAILABLE: a vehicle license plate that helps cancer patients! Click here to go to the Texans Conquer Cancer web site for information on how to order. (The price is $30: $25 goes to a TCC-administered fund for patient support services; $5 to TxDoT for actual production costs.)
Comprehensive cancer control is a collaborative process through which a community pools resources to reduce the burden of cancer that results in:
- Risk reduction
- Early detection
- Better treatment
- Enhanced survivorship
The Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (TCCCP) receives funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement comprehensive cancer control in Texas.
The goals of the program are to:
- Increase the coordination, integration and implementation of cancer activities in the state as identified in the Texas Cancer Plan (Plan)
- Increase the use of the Plan
- Develop a data-driven process for prioritizing the Plan
- Enhance implementation of the Plan at the local level through a networks of cancer stakeholders at the community level
The program reaches its goals through the following components:
Texas Cancer Plan Implementation Projects throughout Texas
This project falls under the Texas Cancer Plan Goal: Primary Prevention & Risk Reduction: Prevent or reduce the risk of developing cancer by promoting changes in behavior, evidence-based practices and environmental approaches, or other systems. The purpose of Ask-Advise-Refer is to improve the number of patient referrals by healthcare professionals to the Texas Tobacco Quitline. The protocol prompts practitioners to screen their patients for tobacco use, advise them to stop, and, with the patient’s consent, refer them to the Quitline. Patients can then receive three to five cessation counseling sessions by phone and two weeks of nicotine replacement therapy. The integration of a secure connection to the Quitline into electronic health records (EHR) can streamline this process, allowing healthcare professionals to refer their patients with one click of a button.
Nurse Oncology Education Program
This project falls under Texas Cancer Plan Goal: Quality of Life & Survivorship: Improve the health and well-being of cancer survivors, from the point of diagnosis throughout treatment and beyond. The purpose of this project is to disseminate an evidence-based online education module targeted towards generalist nurses to increase knowledge of survivorship care. More specifically, nurse participants learn current strategies to address the physical, practical and emotional aspects of cancer survivorship.
Cancer Alliance of Texas (CAT)
This statewide coalition engages organizations, agencies, Institutions and individuals to work collaboratively to reduce the impact of cancer in Texas and promote the Plan (www.cancerallianceoftexas.org).
- Chair: Karen Torges (Texas Pain Advocacy & Information Network)
- Chair-Elect: Phil Huang, MD, MPH (Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services
TCCCP Program Staff:
Jill Maughan, MEd
Jessica R. Hyde, MS, CHES
Chronic Disease Branch MC 1945
Texas Department of State Health Services
PO Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347