Patient Education

One of the primary initiatives of the NCCN Foundation is the development and effective distribution of valuable, patient-friendly educational resources. Today, the NCCN Foundation offers two main sources of information for patients: the Library of NCCN Guidelines for Patients® and NCCN Patient Information Webinars.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients®

The NCCN Guidelines for Patients® are translations of the NCCN clinical guidelines, which help people with cancer talk with their physicians about the best treatment options for their disease.

Clinical practice guidelines are decision tools that are created by doctors to explain a disease and determine the best way to treat a patient, depending on their diagnosis, disease stage, and other factors, such as age. These guidelines help doctors make decisions, by explaining the pros and cons of each option.

NCCN currently offers NCCN Guidelines for Patients for the following: Breast, Colon, Esophageal, Non-Small Cell Lung, Ovarian, Pancreatic, and Prostate Cancers; Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA); Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia; Lung Cancer Screening, Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma; Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma; and Soft Tissue Sarcoma.

NCCN is committed to developing a comprehensive library with support from the NCCN Foundation®.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients® do not replace the expertise and clinical judgment of the physician.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients® by Cancer Type

NCCN Quick Guide™ Series

NCCN developed the NCCN Quick Guide™ series for people with cancer and the general public. Studies of patient education have shown that less information can be more effective. Following the "less is more" principle, the NCCN Quick Guide™ sheets summarize the key points of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients. The key points are presented in the familiar Q&A format. The NCCN Quick Guide™ series also features quick links to the corresponding, in-depth pages within the NCCN Guidelines for Patients for the particular disease type.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients provide the same current and accurate cancer information on health care options that clinicians access in the NCCN clinical practice guidelines.

NCCN Quick Guide™ Sheets by Cancer Type

NCCN Patient Information Webinars

The NCCN Patient Information Webinars are designed to allow patients and their caregivers the opportunity to listen in on live expert discussions on their disease type. During the NCCN Live Patient Information Webinars that which are based on content within the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®, experts from the NCCN cancer centers present overviews of a disease type, as well as discuss how patients can find information on cancer treatment options, talk about treatment options, and make informed treatment decisions about their disease.

The NCCN Patient Information Webinars also include live question and answer sessions during which patients and caregivers may comfortably speak with an expert from an NCCN cancer center.

NCCN Patient Information Webinars