The California Dialogue on Cancer (CDOC) is the thriving cancer coalition established by the California’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Program in 2002 that serves as the vehicle for comprehensive cancer control in California. CDOC is a dynamic coalition of individuals and organizations working together to reduce the burden of cancer in the state of California. CDOC was created specifically to develop and implement California’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan (the state cancer plan). The state cancer plan is a strategic plan to reduce the cancer burden in our state, and is designed to provide guidance to individuals and organizations spanning a wide range of health and social disciplines that can play a role in reducing the burden of cancer. Through a coordinated and integrated approach, CDOC implements planned strategies outlined in the state cancer plan to reduce cancer in our state.
CDOC is comprised of representatives from a variety of organizations, constituencies, and interest areas in cancer prevention and control. Representation of this diverse group includes state and local governments; private and nonprofit organizations; health, medical, and business communities, and academic institutions; researchers; cancer survivors; caregivers and advocates. CDOC is administered by the California Department of Public Health and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To Reduce cancer suffering and mortality in California through risk reduction, early detection, better treatment and enhanced survivorship.
California's Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan
California’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan is a strategic plan to reduce the cancer burden in our state. It is designed to provide guidance to individuals and organizations spanning a wide range of health and social disciplines that can play a role in controlling cancer. All aspects of the cancer continuum are addressed. These aspects include primary prevention, early detection and screening, treatment, quality of life and end-of-life care, as well as such cross-cutting issues as advocacy, eliminating disparities, research and surveillance. Click here to download California’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, 2011-2015.
A Comprehensive Cancer Control Steering Committee was organized and on June 7, 2002, began the process to develop a draft cancer plan for California. The distinguished committee included over 200 diverse representatives from academia, corporations, health care organizations, insurance groups, and institutions, consumer and advocacy groups, and others with an interest in cancer control. The Committee examined the science of cancer control from its practice, funding, and assets, to barriers and gaps in cancer control efforts. After this careful analysis, the Committee identified key strategies and tactics to overcome barriers and produce successful cancer control outcomes. This process resulted in California’s first cancer plan, Comprehensive Cancer Control in California, 2004.
Since the release of the 2004 Plan, many organizations and institutions state-wide have collaborated to make progress toward achieving the Plan’s goals. To read about measurable progress, see California’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan Progress Report. This report, which was released on October 20, 2009 at our CDOC Stakeholder Conference, summarizes California’s progress toward achieving cancer-related goals outlined in the state’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
California’s 2004 plan has been revised with updated goals and measurable objectives to support continued cancer control efforts through 2015. The revised Plan builds on the hard work and collaborations that have made comprehensive cancer control a success in California. In order to improve cancer outcomes and minimize disparities, the 2011–2015 Plan was developed to address the following key areas:
- Aspects of the cancer continuum.
- Equal access to culturally appropriate cancer information and care.
- Cancer surveillance and data collection across all population subgroups.
- Research and clinical trials.
- The relationship of social factors and the environment to cancer.