Who We Are
The California Dialogue on Cancer (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 all populations in California through primary prevention, early detection, better treatment and enhanced survivorship.
- Decrease the incidence and mortality rates of cancer
- Increase the quality of life for cancer patientsServe as the California forum for critical cancer control issues
- Implement the objectives and strategies detailed in California’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2011-2015
California's Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan
California’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan (the state cancer 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, cancer related disparities, research and cancer surveillance.
The state cancer plan’s strategies are intended to direct collective efforts toward specific and measureable objectives that will reduce the cancer burden. Moreover, many of the outcomes will have health benefits extending beyond cancer to other leading causes of death such as heart disease and diabetes. It is the task of CDOC to implement the goals and strategies of the state cancer plan.
Benefits of Collaboration
Share information and increase knowledge base with a greater cancer community
Increase your ability to leverage resources and the visibility for cancer control
Reduce the duplication of efforts
Workgroups were established under the state cancer plan’s auspices to focus on vital issues that cut across the cancer control spectrum: