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NCCN Participates in Regional Adaptation Meeting in Brazil

By Jonathan Larsen, MPP, Manager, Global Business Development

In late March, James L. Mohler, MD, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Chair of the NCCN Prostate Cancer Panel, and Philip W. Kantoff, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Vice-Chair of the NCCN Prostate Cancer Panel, represented the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) in São Paulo, Brazil at a meeting with a multidisciplinary group of 18 physicians from the Latin American Cooperative Oncology Group (LACOG). Attendees considered regional adaptations of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for Prostate Cancer, which are necessary for effective utilization of the NCCN Guidelines® in Latin America. LACOG representatives included physicians from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Peru.

NCCN began collaborating with LACOG [formerly Grupo Latino Americano de Investigação Clinica em Oncologia (GLICO) in 2010], resulting in the 2011 publication of NCCN Guidelines for Breast Cancer and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Latin American Editions, which were translated into Portuguese and Spanish. LACOG is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 by a group of Latin American medical oncologists interested in the development of academic clinical research. LACOG is the first multinational cooperative group in Latin America exclusively dedicated to clinical and translational research in cancer.  

NCCN has entered into a three-year collaboration with LACOG to update the NCCN Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Latin American Edition annually. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), prostate cancer is the leading cause of death in men in Central America and the Caribbean and is the second leading cause of death in men in South America.1 A NCCN Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Latin American Edition, based on the March 2014 meeting, will be translated into Spanish and Portuguese and will be available on NCCN.org this summer.

If you would like to learn more about regional adaptations of the NCCN Guidelines or other international programming opportunities, please contact Jonathan Larsen, Larsen@nccn.org.

1 Pan American Health Organization. Prostate Cancer in the Americas. Last Accessed May 19, 2014:http://www.paho.org/hq/