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In 2014, NCCN faculty met with a multidisciplinary group of 18 physicians from LACOG in São Paulo, Brazil. 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 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. A NCCN Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Latin American Edition, based on the March 2014 meeting, is currently translated into Spanish and Portuguese and is available on NCCN.org.

Resulting from the 2nd Annual International Day at the NCCN Annual Conference in 2014, NCCN published a new Latin American Edition of the NCCN Guidelines for Multiple Myeloma in both Portuguese and Spanish. During the conference, hematologists from Latin America came to Hollywood, Florida to attend conference sessions and to meet with NCCN Guidelines Panel members and NCCN staff to discuss the consideration of a regional adaptation of the NCCN Guidelines for Multiple Myeloma necessary for effective utilization of the guidelines in the region.

In 2012, NCCN traveled to Brazil for the fifth annual LACOG Breast Cancer congress. From August 26th through August 28th, approximately 300 Latin American oncology professionals heard from NCCN faculty and staff. This program, Cancer de Mama, Ano 5 (Breast Cancer, Year Five), was held in Gramado, Brazil. Both NCCN and LACOG recognize the valuable role of expert teamwork and consensus in improving and standardizing cancer treatment recommendations. In addition to Brazilians, the presented information reached oncology professionals in attendance from the following countries: Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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.

Opportunities exist for support of interactive educational programs focused on NCCN Guidelines and supporting data, to be held in conjunction with a general oncology meeting, whose organizer will officially invite NCCN Faculty, support related to consideration of regional adaptations of the NCCN Guidelines, and support of translations of NCCN Guidelines to meet the needs of healthcare providers and patients globally.


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