Part 1: About these guidelines
NCCN Guidelines for Patients™: Breast Cancer
1.2 NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines
1.1 NCCN Guidelines for Patients™
NCCN aims to offer the most current and trustworthy
cancer information to patients and their families in a
manner that is easy to understand. To reach this goal,
NCCN has developed the NCCN Patient Guidelines™.
These guidelines are meant to help patients talk with
doctors and make the best decisions possible. They are
based on the NCCN Guidelines™ that are developed
for doctors. For more information on NCCN or the most
recent NCCN Patient Guidelines, visit NCCN.com
advocates to include the point of view of patients in the
panel meetings. Panel members volunteer more than
15,000 hours each year to revise the NCCN Guidelines
so that new information can be quickly included.
Doctors use the NCCN Guidelines to inform their
decisions when diagnosing and treating people with
cancer. There are guidelines for 97% of the tumors
seen among patients treated at cancer clinics. Each
is continually updated as new information becomes
available. The NCCN Guidelines allow doctors and
patients to have access to the same information that is
used by NCCN Panel Members to treat their patients.
Doctors in your community may or may not perform
research, but by using the NCCN Guidelines they have
access to the newest information from clinical trials.
NCCN abbreviations and acronyms
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
NCCN Patient Guidelines™
NCCN Guidelines for Patients™
NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology™
The NCCN Guidelines are the most complete and
most frequently updated clinical practice guidelines in
medicine. They give a step-by-step course of action that
many cancer doctors follow to make sure their decisions
are well-informed. The NCCN Guidelines are developed
by 44 group panels. These panels include near 900
well-known experts from the 21 NCCN Member
Institutions (Figure 1). The panel members include
experts from different fields of medicine, such as medical
oncology, radiology, and social work.
Recommendations in the NCCN Guidelines are based
on clinical trials and the experience of the panel
members. Most of the panel members have jobs that
include clinical research and treating people with cancer.
Members work on the guidelines that match their area of
expertise. Some guidelines panels also include patient