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Annual Report 2017


The Center for Cancer Control and Information Services (CIS) is a nationally funded program establishedin 2006, as an essential part of the National Cancer Center's extramural activities. The Centerfor Cancer Registries was newly established in January 2016. Since then, the CIS consists of one centerand six divisions. The mission statement of the CIS is as follows: The Center for Cancer Control andInformation Services promotes cancer control for the Japanese nation based on correct information.One of our key mandates is to provide all patients and their dear ones with the means to accesscomprehensive cancer-related information at the point of need, and with appropriate context includingwebsites such as "ganjoho.jp". An important step in this direction followed with publications forpatients with cancer diagnosis, the revision of a cancer information handbook for patients with cancernamed "Guidebook for Cancer Patients", and a publication for workers named "Prescription for CancerSurvivors".

The CIS promotes nationwide cancer control programs based on the newly enacted the Act onPromotion of Cancer Registries, as the standardization of hospital-based cancer registries in DesignatedCancer Care Hospitals.

The CIS is also building partnership with Designated Cancer Care Hospitals to support allhealth-allied professionals concerned with cancer control in Japan in a pathology consultation service, aradiology consultation service, a cancer image reference database, a radiotherapy case service, and thepromotion of medical education programs for cancer control.

The CIS aims at research activities and advocacies based on four pillars: Monitoring and Evaluation,Development and Research of Practical Programs, Public Education and Information Services, andPromoting Policies and Networking.

Fumihiko Wakao, M.D.
Center for Cancer Control and Information Services