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NCI Best Case Series
Updated: 03/09/09

NCI Best Case Series Program

BCS Brochure
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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is committed to finding innovative, promising treatments for people with cancer. The NCI’s Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine OCCAM) coordinates the Institute’s research program in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Since 1991, the NCI has had a process for evaluating data from CAM practitioners that involves the same rigorous scientific methods employed in evaluating treatment responses with conventional medicine. This process, called the NCI Best Case Series (BCS) Program, provides an independent review of medical records and medical imaging from patients treated with unconventional cancer therapies.

Through this program, staff from the OCCAM work with CAM practitioners to identify appropriate, well-documented cases. The primary goal of this program is to obtain and review sufficient information to determine if NCI-initiated research on a specific intervention is warranted.

What are the NCI Best Case Series Criteria?

How do I compile an optimal best case series case summary and case study?

FAQs about the BCS Program

Multiple pathways to pursuing cancer CAM research exist, and the OCCAM is committed to assisting CAM practitioners and researchers in finding the "best fit " for their level of interest and resources. If you are a CAM practitioner treating cancer patients with the intended outcome of partial or complete tumor regression and would like to compile case studies for submission in the NCI Best Case Series Program, download a Submission Packet, call the OCCAM at 301-435-7980 or send an email to: