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NCCN Experts and Asian Oncologists Collaborate to Develop Resources to Improve Care for Patients with Cancer in China

Megan Martin, Communications Manager

As part of an ongoing effort to address increasing cancer rates in China, Asian oncologists have adopted evidence-based treatment guidelines in collaboration with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®). A set of 10 NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®): China Editions are now available online at NCCNChina.org, enabling NCCN information to improve the effectiveness of treatment for a broader population of patients with cancer. Updated 2011 NCCN Guidelines®: China Editions are available for breast, cervical, colon, gastric, kidney, non-small cell lung, ovarian, pancreatic, and rectal cancers as well as multiple myeloma.

"This collaboration demonstrates our common goal of sharing resources and increasing familiarity and understanding of the NCCN Guidelines among Asian oncologists," said William T. McGivney, PhD, CEO of NCCN. "It is critical that evidence-based guidelines for cancer care be implemented by experts across the globe in order to improve outcomes for all patients, regardless of where they live."

Based on the NCCN Guidelines, the China Editions comprise the extensive expertise of more than 100 Chinese cancer specialists in collaboration with NCCN Guidelines Panel experts. The China Editions contain recommendations revised to account for genetic, pharmacological, and regulatory considerations of the Chinese population.

China has had a long-standing collaboration with NCCN in the development of the Chinese Editions of the NCCN Guidelines - the most authoritative reference for oncology practice in China. Expert clinicians across Asia recognize and routinely apply the NCCN Guidelines in practice. Of the 1.1 million unique visitors to NCCN.org every year, nearly 300,000 are from Asian countries.

NCCN’s international collaborations continue to grow fostered by the demand for the development and publication of foreign editions of the NCCN Guidelines. To view the NCCN Guidelines: China Editions or additional information about NCCN global programs, visit NCCN.org/international.