NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Colon Cancer - page 4

1.2 NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines
in Oncology
®
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.
NCCN abbreviations and acronyms
NCCN
®
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
®
NCCN Patient Guidelines™
NCCN Guidelines for Patients™
NCCN Guidelines
®
NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology
®
The NCCN Guidelines are the most complete and
frequently updated clinical practice guidelines in
medicine. They give a step-by-step course of action that
many cancer doctors follow so that their decisions are
well-informed. The NCCN Guidelines are developed by
46 group panels. These panels include nearly 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 surgery. Some panels also have other
types of health care workers and patient advocates to
include other points of view.
Recommendations in the NCCN Guidelines are based on
clinical trials and the experience of the panel members.
Most panel members have jobs that include clinical
research and treating people with cancer. Members work
on the guidelines that match their area of expertise.
Altogether, members volunteer more than 15,000
hours each year to revise the NCCN Guidelines. Their
efforts allow new information to be quickly added to the
guidelines.
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
in cancer clinics. All guidelines are updated as new
information becomes available. The NCCN Guidelines
allow others to have access to the information that
is used by NCCN Panel Members. 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.
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