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Annual Report 2018


 The Center for Cancer Control and Information Services (CIS) is a nationally funded program established in 2006, as an essential part of NCC's extramural activities. The Center for Cancer Registries was newly established in January 2016. Then the CIS consisted of one center and six divisions. The mission statement of the CIS is as follows: "The center for cancer control and information services promote cancer control for the Japanese nation based on correct information."

 One of CIS's key mandates is to provide all patients and their dear ones with the means to access comprehensive cancer-related information at the point of need, and with appropriate context including websites such as "ganjoho.jp". Following this up with publications for patients with cancer diagnosis, revision of a cancer information handbook for patients with cancer named "Guidebook for cancer patients", and a publication for workers named "Prescription for cancer survivors" represented an important step in this direction.

 The CIS promotes nationwide cancer control programs based on the newly enacted Act on Promotion of Cancer Registries, as standardization of hospital-based cancer registries in designated cancer care hospitals.

 The CIS also builds partnerships with designated cancer care hospitals to support all health-allied professionals concerned with cancer control in Japan in pathology consultation services, radiology consultation services, a cancer image reference database, radiotherapy case services and promotion of medical education programs for cancer control.

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

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