At Our Core:
The NCCN Guidelines
At NCCN, our mission is to improve the quality, effectiveness,
and efficiency of cancer care so that patients live better lives.
To that end, over the past two decades, NCCN has developed
a collection of resources and programs to support and
educate stakeholders across the oncology spectrum, including
physicians, researchers, nurses, policymakers, industry, payers,
patients, and patient advocates.
At the core of all of these resources is our library of NCCN
Guidelines. First developed by visionary leaders in 1995 for
eight cancer types, NCCN Guidelines now provide sequential
management decisions and interventions for the treatment of
97 percent of cancers affecting patients in the United States.
Now as before, the goal of these Guidelines is to ensure that
all patients have access to the most optimal outcomes for their
Today, NCCN’s reach has grown exponentially, with 67
NCCN Guidelines that document evidence-based treatment
interventions and management, as well as detection,
prevention, and risk reduction; supportive care; and age-related
recommendations. The NCCN Guidelines are widely distributed
because we feel that stakeholders—including patients and
their families—need to be informed about available treatment
options. The Guidelines are developed by 52 volunteer panels
of more than 1,200 world-renown experts representing the 27
NCCN Member Institutions. Recommendations are updated
at least annually—but typically more often—based on the best
evidence available at the time of publication, as well as expert
clinical judgment. Our panel members are multidisciplinary,
disease-specific sub-specialists who are both clinicians and
Grounded in our mission, NCCN develops and maintains a
multitude of derivative resources to complement the NCCN
Guidelines. Products like the library of NCCN Compendia,
NCCN Guidelines with NCCN Evidence Blocks
, NCCN Templates, and the recently launched
NCCN Imaging AUC
, aid in decision-making, and our
impressive education calendar provides opportunity for
oncology stakeholders to learn about recent advances in
cancer treatment and health care policy, as well as updates to
the NCCN Guidelines.
Education from NCCN does not stop with professionals.
Through support from the NCCN Foundation
, NCCN publishes
a library of NCCN Guidelines for Patients based directly on the
information found in the NCCN Guidelines. These booklets are
intended to provide patients with the same information their
doctors use in easy-to-understand language.
Moving into our next 20 years, we at NCCN expect to continue
our aggressive growth, mirroring the persistent innovation of
clinical research and the oncology space as a whole, all the
while staying true to our mission to improve patients’ lives.