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    Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
    Chronic Disease Prevention Branch MC 1945
    PO Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78714-9347

    Phone: (512) 776-2945
    Fax: (512) 776-7254

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Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

Cancer Plate

NOW AVAILABLE: A vehicle license plate that helps cancer patients! Click here to go to the Texans Conquer Cancer website for information on how to order. The price is $30 per year: $22 goes to a CPRIT-administered fund for patient support services, and $8 goes to TxDOT for administrative/production costs.


Comprehensive cancer control is a collaborative process through which a community pools resources to reduce the burden of cancer that results in:

  •  Risk reduction
  •  Early detection
  •  Better treatment
  •  Enhanced survivorship

The Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (TCCCP) receives funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement comprehensive cancer control in Texas.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Increase the coordination, integration and implementation of cancer activities in the state as identified in the Texas Cancer Plan (Plan)
  • Increase the use of the Plan
  • Develop a data-driven process for prioritizing the Plan
  • Enhance implementation of the Plan at the local level through a networks of cancer stakeholders at the community level

The program reaches its goals through the following components:

TCCCP Projects

Tobacco Cessation


This project falls under the Texas Cancer Plan Goal: Primary Prevention & Risk Reduction: Prevent or reduce the risk of developing cancer by promoting changes in behavior, evidence-based practices and environmental approaches, or other systems. The purpose of Ask-Advise-Refer is to improve the number of patient referrals by healthcare professionals to the Texas Tobacco Quitline. The protocol prompts practitioners to screen their patients for tobacco use, advise them to stop, and, with the patient’s consent, refer them to the Quitline. Patients can then receive three to five cessation counseling sessions by phone and two weeks of nicotine replacement therapy. The integration of a secure connection to the Quitline into electronic health records (EHR) can streamline this process, allowing healthcare professionals to refer their patients with one click of a button.

To learn more about Ask-Advise-Refer, facts about tobacco use in the United States, the role that the clinical care team can play in lowering tobacco check out this video  from Tobacco Research and Evaluation Team at UT Austin. It provides scenarios between key players, including the medical assistants, medical providers, and patients that will help you learn about the importance asking, advising, and referring patients, and tips on how to use the main sections of an electronic tobacco intervention template.  It is also available in Spanish.


Cancer Alliance of Texas (CAT)


This statewide coalition engages organizations, agencies, institutions and individuals to work collaboratively to reduce the impact of cancer in Texas and promote the Plan (www.cancerallianceoftexas.org).

  • Chair: Phil Huang, MD, MPH (Austin Public Health) 
  • Chair-Elect: Michael Davis (Baylor Scott & White)

The next Cancer Alliance of Texas Quarterly Meeting will be held on October 19, 2017.  Please contact Alyssa Rubin for more information.

Are you interested in joining the Cancer Alliance of Texas as a member or a partner? Please check out the benefits of joining and fill out an application here.

TCCCP Program Staff:

Rachel Coughlin, MPH
Program Coordinator

Phone: 512-776-6569
Fax: 512-776-7254

Alyssa Rubin, MPH
Cancer Alliance of Texas Coordinator
Fax: 512-776-7254

Chronic Disease Branch MC 1945

Texas Department of State Health Services
PO Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347


Last updated September 28, 2017