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New NCCN Quick Guide™ Series Provides Treatment Summaries in Short, Easy-to-Use Reference Sheets

By Laura J. Hanisch, PsyD, Medical Writer/Patient Information Specialist, NCCN

Most people facing cancer seek information. However, information can only be helpful if it is accurate and can be accessed, understood, and acted on by users. Such information empowers people to make informed and shared treatment decisions.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has developed a new informational resource—the NCCN Quick Guide™ series—for people with cancer and the general public. Studies of patient education have shown that less information can be more effective.1 Following the “less is more” principle, the NCCN Quick Guide™ sheets summarize the key points of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®. The key points are presented in the familiar Q&A format. The NCCN Quick Guide™ series also features quick links to the corresponding, in-depth pages within the NCCN Guidelines for Patients for the particular disease type.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients provide the same current and accurate cancer information on health care options that clinicians access in the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®).

The NCCN Quick Guide™ sheets for Lung Cancer Screening and Stage IV Breast Cancer are now available free-of-charge on

In the future, the NCCN Quick Guide™ will be developed in conjunction with all new and updated NCCN Guidelines for Patients.

NCCN currently offers NCCN Guidelines for Patients for the following: Breast Cancer Stages 0-IV, Colon, Esophageal, Non-Small Cell Lung, Ovarian, Pancreatic, and Prostate Cancers; Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA); Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia; Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma; Melanoma; Multiple Myeloma; Lung Cancer Screening; and Soft Tissue Sarcoma.

NCCN is committed to developing a comprehensive patient library with support from the NCCN Foundation®.


1McCarthy, Danielle M., et al. "Emergency department discharge instructions: Lessons learned through developing new patient education materials." Emergency medicine international 2012 (2012).