The Pacific Islander Cancer Control Network's role in cancer awareness, research and training. Academic Article uri icon


  • The Pacific Islander Cancer Control Network (PICCN) is one of the 18 Special Populations Networks recently established by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to address the cancer control needs of America's medically under-served populations. The PICCN focuses on three Pacific Islander groups: Samoans, Guamanians/Chamorros, and Tongan Americans. The program provides an infrastructure for collaboration between an academic institution, the University of California, Irvine; an NCI designated cancer center, the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center; community-based organizations; and other agencies concerned with the health of Pacific Islanders.The PICCN's objectives include improving cancer awareness, enhancing recruitment to clinical trials, increasing the number of cancer control investigators, and encouraging more research among these Pacific Islanders. The activities that increase cancer awareness include assessing existing cancer education materials aimed at Pacific Islanders, working with the NCI's Cancer Information Service to modify existing materials, developing new culturally-sensitive materials, and distributing the materials in a culturally-sensitive manner.The PICCN enhances recruitment of Pacific Islanders to clinical trials by establishing relationships with cancer centers, making them aware of existing cancer center studies, and developing culturally appropriate recruitment materials when necessary. The network plans to increase the number of Pacific Islander investigators and encourage more research among Pacific Islanders by identifying potential investigators, informing them about existing cancer control training opportunities, developing a new training opportunity, and providing mentors to help with the development of pilot projects and RO1 applications.Through these efforts, the PICCN is addressing the goal of eliminating health disparities among ethnic and racial minorities in this country.

publication date

  • January 1, 2003