The RRP and its members have long-standing interest and experience in global cancer networking and research. The experience includes Dr. Vikram's 5 years at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) helping establish the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) for assisting underserved countries develop radiation oncology programs. Dr. Coleman has helped develop collaborative programs including the All-Ireland Cancer Consortium (coordinated by the NCI Office of International Affairs), the Singapore Cancer Syndicate and advisory roles to other countries while at Harvard Medical School and the National Cancer Institute. The RRP radiation biology and medical physics members are all involved in international collaboration for scientific education and clinical trials.
While it is not a NCI activity, the RRP and other oncology experts at the NCI and internationally are working on a concept called the Medical Expert Corps (MEC) for which the Cancer Expert Corps (CEC) would be a pilot. The model is that of a global initiative to improve the quality of life by bringing education, collaboration and protocol-based treatment (and ultimately the possibility for participation in clinical trials). The model is for sustainable mentoring to underserved populations in the U.S. and worldwide. The CEC pilot would be a "Peace Corps for Cancer."
The three components of the MEC/CEC are: