NCCN Offers Free Webinars for Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

On August 16, 2014, NCCN will host the second of two free patient information webinars designed to allow patients and their caregivers the opportunity to listen to live expert discussions about non-small cell lung cancer.

FORT WASHINGTON, PA – On Thursday, July 24, 2014, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), with the support of the NCCN Foundation®, hosted its first of two free patient information webinars titled, "Know What Your Doctors Know: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment."  Registration is still open for the second NCCN patient information webinar, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 1 PM ET.

More than 100 individuals attended the July 24th webinar, featuring Gregory A. Otterson, MD, and Tracy A. Ruegg, MS, CNP, AOCN, of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, which was designed to allow patients and their caregivers the opportunity to listen to live expert discussions about non-small cell lung cancer, as well as ask questions.

"The NCCN Foundation is excited to offer its first series of educational webinars for the patient and caregiver audience," said Marcie Reeder, MPH, Executive Director, NCCN Foundation. "According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, and NCCN is proud to provide valuable resources, such as the NCCN patient information webinars, in order to empower patients to make informed decisions about their cancer treatment."

The NCCN patient information webinars are based on the step-by-step treatment algorithms outlined in the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) and will help patients and their caregivers understand how to find and discuss the latest treatment options with their care team, as well as how to make informed treatment decisions. The program agenda includes an introduction to NCCN, an overview of NSCLC, a review of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: NSCLC, and a live question and answer session with Dr. Otterson and Ms. Ruegg.

The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) are developed by multidisciplinary panels of experts from NCCN Member Institutions and feature sequential decision algorithms that address appropriate management options from initial work-up through treatment and surveillance. The NCCN Guidelines for Patients® translate the professional guidelines into a clear, step-by-step format that people can use as a basis for discussing treatment options with their physicians and for making decisions. NCCN Guidelines for Patients do not replace the expertise and clinical judgment of the physician.

Registration is still open for the August 16th webinar, and attendees can opt-in to receive a print version of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: NSCLC. To learn more or register for the free event, visit NCCN.org/patientwebinars.

Reference: American Lung Association. Lung Cancer Fact Sheet. Last accessed July 11, 2014.