By Jonathan Larsen, MPP, Program Coordinator
Since first launching the NCCN Guidelines for Patients™ a little over a year ago, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has released a total of eight patient guidelines in this new series of consumer-friendly translations of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®): Breast, Non-Small Cell Lung, Ovarian, and Prostate Cancers, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML), Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Melanoma, and Multiple Myeloma.
While all eight NCCN Guidelines for Patients are available online on both NCCN.org (NCCN's clinician website) and NCCN.com (NCCN's patient website), six are also available free of charge in print format, including ovarian and prostate cancers, CML, malignant pleural mesothelioma, melanoma, and multiple myeloma.
The NCCN Guidelines for Patients are regularly revised and updated based on feedback from patients and ongoing changes in the NCCN Guidelines®. Any change in the NCCN Guidelines is promptly reflected in the online NCCN Guidelines for Patients to ensure they reflect the most up-to-date information. Many of the 2011 print versions of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients have recently been enhanced to contain easy-to-understand language, more pictures and graphs, and definitions of key terms to inform patients about state-of-the-art cancer treatment. The 2011 version of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients™: Prostate Cancer is expected to be available in print and online by the end of the year.
To order hard copies of the six available NCCN Guidelines for Patients, please e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, there is no charge for these booklets or for shipping. All reasonable requests will be honored.