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Systems of Excellence

VA’s National Oncology Program’s Systems of Excellence center around cancers impacting Veterans most: prostate, lung, and gynecology and breast. By coordinating their programs, tools, and resources across multiple VA sites, the Systems of Excellence are spreading best practices in cancer care across VA. Through cutting-edge technologies and research, VA is changing the future of cancer care for Veterans across the country.

Precision Oncology Program for Cancer of the Prostate (POPCaP)

VA has a network of medical centers and a range of clinical trials providing state-of-the-art precision oncology care for Veterans with prostate cancer through a partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Collaborative efforts centralized through the Precision Oncology Program for Cancer of the Prostate (POPCaP) provide tumor and germline sequencing for all Veterans with metastatic prostate cancer. The network also provides Veterans with cutting-edge therapies for prostate cancer through VA-sponsored clinical trials, such as the Prostate cancer Analysis for Therapy Choice (PATCH) program.

Lung Precision Oncology Program (LPOP)

To build the Lung Precision Oncology Program (LPOP) into a System of Excellence for Lung Cancer, VA is prioritizing screening to identify early-stage lung cancer; improving access for Veterans with advanced lung cancer to precision oncology clinical trials; and enabling rapid translation of discoveries into clinical care. To achieve these goals, VA has identified sites across all 18 VISNs to serve as centralized sites that can leverage VA facilities for screening capabilities, radiation oncology, research pharmacists, and equipment.

Breast and Gynecologic Oncology System of Excellence

VA is building a Breast and Gynecologic Cancer System of Excellence to provide cutting-edge cancer care for Veterans. Initially launched in 2021, this System of Excellence is building the infrastructure to provide multidisciplinary care for Veterans diagnosed with breast and gynecologic cancers. The BGSOE is uniquely situated to provide care via the National TeleOncology service, as well as work with colleagues in the Office of Women’s Health to develop services for those diagnosed with reproductive cancers, and those who have an increased risk of developing cancer in the future.