National Comprehensive Cancer Network

About NCCN

NCCN History

On January 31, 1995, a press conference was held to announce the creation of a national alliance to develop and institute standards of care for the treatment of cancer and perform outcomes research – and so the NCCN was born. With 13 original NCCN Member Institutions, the goal was to ensure delivery of high-quality, cost-effective services to people with cancer across the country. NCCN became a developer and promoter of national programs to facilitate the fulfillment of NCCN Member Institution missions in education, research, and patient care. Now an alliance of 26 of the world’s leading cancer centers, NCCN develops and communicates scientific, evaluative information to better inform the decision-making process between patients and physicians, ultimately improving patient outcomes.

November 1993 – NCCN was formally incorporated

January 1995 – NCCN was announced as a national alliance

February 1996 – The NCCN 1st Annual Conference is held and attracts 500 attendees

November 1996 – The first NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) are published for the following disease types: Acute Leukemia and Breast, Colon, Lung, Ovarian, Pediatric, Prostate, and Rectal Cancers

July 1997 – NCCN launches its first database, the NCCN Oncology Outcomes Database for Breast Cancer, at five NCCN Member Institutions

March 1998 –, NCCN's website for clinicians, launches

May 1998 – The NCCN Treatment Guidelines for Patients are developed

March 1999 – NCCN establishes what is now known as the Oncology Research Program (ORP)

December 2001 – The first Complete Library of NCCN Guidelines® is made available

January 2003 – The first issue of JNCCN–Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network is published

November 2004 – The first NCCN Drugs & Biologics Compendium (NCCN Compendium®) chapter is available

September 2006 – The NCCN 1st Annual Congress: Hematologic Malignancies™ is held and attracts 365 attendees

May 2008 – NCCN Chemotherapy Order Templates (NCCN Templates®) for Bladder, Kidney, and Prostate Cancers and Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia are made available

April 2009 –, NCCN's website for patients, launches

July 2009 – NCCN launches its first live webinar program, NCCN Oncology Case Management Program™: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, attracting over 230 attendees

May 2010 – The NCCN Foundation is created

September 2010 – The NCCN Guidelines for Patients® are made available

September 2012 – NCCN launches the Virtual Library of NCCN Guidelines for tablet computers

December 2012 – NCCN Biomarkers Compendium® becomes available on

January 2013 – Robert W. Carlson, MD, joins NCCN as Chief Executive Officer

June 2013 – NCCN implements NCCN Core Values

July 2013 – NCCN International Educational Activities Program (NCCN IEAP) launches on

August 2013 – NCCN launches NCCN Patient and Caregiver Resources –

December 2013 – NCCN launches NCCN Guidelines for smartphone

May 2014 – NCCN Guidelines for Patients® available for print on demand.

September - December 2014 – NCCN publishes 20th annual editions of original NCCN Guidelines

December 2014 – NCCN reaches a record high of more than 6 million PDF downloads of the NCCN Guidelines from and NCCN Virtual Library of NCCN Guidelines mobile apps.

January 2015 – NCCN celebrates 20th anniversary view video >