Patient Education


One of the primary initiatives of the NCCN Foundation is the development, and effective distribution of the library of the 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 is pleased to offer 13 NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Breast, Colon, Esophageal, Non-Small Cell Lung, Ovarian, Pancreatic, and Prostate Cancers, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Melanoma, Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Multiple Myeloma, Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA), and Lung Cancer Screening.

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