The Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) Project Cancer Education (PCE) helps state and federal legislators and community leaders learn about the intricate process through which medical research is translated to treatments for cancer in this hands-on initiative that closely acquaints participants with the complexities of research-based cancer care.

PCE Participants spend a day at a cancer center where they will learn about:

• The role of research as the most important and often the most overlooked component of translational    medicine because it leads to discoveries at the lab bench that in turn lead to treatments at the bedside
• The financial burdens associated with world-class cancer care and the role government plays in providing    financial support for translational medicine amid rising costs and continuing cuts in state and federal funding
• The significance of the cancer center’s status as an academic institution that trains future doctors, researchers    and other experts in cancer care.

Participants in AACI PCE will learn by assuming the role of researchers, oncologists and patients alike and following their paths by taking part in simulated exercises that track patient case scenarios from diagnosis through survivorship. As a result of AACI PCE, elected officials and leaders will better understand the benefit of having a nationally designated comprehensive cancer center in their midst and appreciate how their decisions, policies, and actions can strengthen the mission of the AACI cancer centers in the war on cancer.

For more information on this program, please contact Jaime Anderson at jaime@aaci-cancer.org.

*AACI PCE is based on a similar program conducted at Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center- James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

Project Cancer Education Toolkit - [pdf]

Templates

• PCE Page - [.doc]

• PCE Name Tags - [.doc]

• PCE Letterhead - [.doc]

• PCE Message Card - [.doc]

• PCE Graduation Certificate - [.doc]