International Atomic Energy Agency and National Foundation for Cancer Research Launch Major Initiative to Improve Cancer Prevention and Treatments in Developing Countries

Sep 25, 2007, 01:00 ET from National Foundation for Cancer Research

    VIENNA, Austria and BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and National Foundation for
 Cancer Research (NFCR) announced today that the two organizations have
 joined forces to establish the PACT Fund at NFCR. This special fund will
 support the IAEA's Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) in America
 for developing countries.
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     PACT was created within the IAEA in 2004 to build on the Agency's
 experience in radiation medicine and technology, with a mission of enabling
 developing countries to introduce, expand or improve their cancer care
 capacity and services in a sustainable manner. PACT does this by
 integrating radiotherapy into a comprehensive cancer control program that
 maximizes therapeutic effectiveness and impact. PACT integrates and aligns
 cancer prevention, screening and early detection, treatment and palliative
 care activities. Based on the Guidelines of the World Health Organization,
 PACT also addresses other challenges, such as long term support for the
 continuing education and training of cancer care professionals in
 developing countries.
     IAEA was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for its efforts to
 prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure
 that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible
 way. One such use is radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer.
     Based in Bethesda, Maryland, NFCR, an American not-for-profit
 organization, was founded in 1973 to support cancer research relating to
 the prevention, early diagnosis, better treatments and, ultimately, a cure
 for cancer. NFCR promotes and facilitates collaboration among scientists to
 accelerate the pace of discovery from bench to bedside and patient access
 to effective therapies. NFCR is renowned for its visionary funding of
 cutting- edge research that has led to important breakthroughs in cancer
     "Our partnership with the National Foundation for Cancer Research will
 expand the capacity of the IAEA's Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy to
 help developing countries respond effectively to the looming cancer
 crisis," said Dr. Massoud Samiei, Head of the PACT Programme Office. "We
 welcome the PACT Fund at NFCR and the opportunity it provides for Americans
 to support our efforts to save millions of lives and reduce the suffering
 of millions more."
     "We are honored to have been chosen by the IAEA as a partner in this
 global effort," said Franklin C. Salisbury, Jr., President and CEO of NFCR.
 "NFCR is wholeheartedly committed to supporting and expanding the IAEA's
 efforts to create effective cancer treatment and prevention strategies in
 developing countries. In Africa alone, just to take one example, millions
 of lives are needlessly lost to cancer. The PACT Fund will allow Americans
 to join with NFCR and the IAEA in taking steps to end this tragic loss."
     On October 29, 2007, the IAEA and NFCR will host a reception at the
 United Nations in New York City to celebrate the launch of the PACT Fund at
     For more information, please visit or call (301) 654-1250,
 ext. 105. Please follow the link to find additional information about the
 Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy.

SOURCE National Foundation for Cancer Research