By Carrie Capili, Communications Specialist, Editor
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has launched a complete library of NCCN Chemotherapy Order Templates (NCCN Templates™) for the top 13 most frequently occurring tumor types. The NCCN Templates now include more than 600 peer-reviewed and evidence-based chemotherapy regimens for clinicians. New to the library are NCCN Templates™ for esophageal, gastric, ovarian, pancreatic, and rectal cancers, multiple myeloma, and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. These highly anticipated additions to the NCCN Templates are designed to enhance patient safety by helping clinicians standardize patient care, reduce medication errors, and anticipate and manage adverse events.
"The NCCN is pleased to make available this set of more than 600 NCCN Chemotherapy Order Templates for the most frequently occurring tumor types. Additional templates are available online at NCCN.org," said William T. McGivney, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN. "NCCN believes that these comprehensive chemotherapy templates will serve to improve the safety of administration and the benefit derived by patients. The set of NCCN Chemotherapy Order Templates represents yet another in a continuum of interrelated NCCN scientific, evaluative, information products that facilitate improved decision-making on behalf of patients whom we serve."
The NCCN Templates include valuable guidance for clinicians regarding indications, doses, schedules and routes of administration, monitoring parameters, and safety instructions for chemotherapy. Management of immunotherapies and the corresponding supportive agents and instructions for self-administered chemotherapeutic agents are also provided. All information in the NCCN Templates is derived from the recommendations of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines™), recognized as the standard for clinical policy in the oncology community, and the NCCN Drugs & Biologics Compendium (NCCN Compendium™), resources already widely recognized as the standards of clinical practice and policy. Currently, the NCCN Compendium™ is recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and UnitedHealthcare, along with other insurers, as an authoritative reference for oncology coverage policy.
The NCCN Templates are a continuously updated subscription product from NCCN and can be purchased via NCCN.org. NCCN will continue developing the library of chemotherapy order templates to improve the safe and effective use of drugs and biologics in cancer care.