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NCCN Guidelines for Patients™ for Prostate Cancer

Carrie Capili, Communications Specialist, Editor

The new NCCN Guidelines for Patients™: Prostate Cancer provide a framework on which to base treatment decisions. Prostate cancer is a complex disease, with many controversial aspects of management and with a dearth of sound data to support treatment recommendations. Several variables (including life expectancy, disease characteristics, predicted outcomes, and patient preferences) must be considered by the patient and physician in tailoring prostate cancer therapy to the individual patient.

These patient guidelines aim to provide information that will help a patient talk to his doctor about treatment for prostate cancer. In particular, the guidelines give treatment recommendations based on the characteristics of the cancer, possible side effects of treatments, and a side-by-side comparison of the main benefits and disadvantages of the treatments for prostate cancer.

The NCCN Guidelines for Patients™: Prostate Cancer can be found at, the website for clinicians, or at, the website for patients, or directly at

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