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Updated Patient Resources Now Available for Melanoma and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has published updated NCCN Guidelines for Patients® and NCCN Quick Guide™ sheets for Melanoma and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). Funding for the NCCN Guidelines for Patients for Melanoma and NSCLC is provided through the NCCN Foundation®; the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: NSCLC were funded, in part, through generous sponsorship from Lung Cancer Alliance and Lung Cancer Research Council.

The NCCN Guidelines for Patients for Melanoma and Lung Cancer were updated from the 2014 and 2015 versions, respectively. Changes to the Melanoma booklet include clarification of imaging standards and new treatment options. Changes to the Lung Cancer booklet include updated biomarker testing and new treatment options. Figures to illustrate complex concepts have been incorporated.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients, patient-friendly translations of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®), are easy-to-understand resources based ont eh same clinical practice guidelines used by health care professionals around the world to determine the best way to treat a patient with cancer. Each resource features unbiased expert guidance from the nation’s leading cancer centers designed to help people living with cancer talk with their physicians about the best treatment options for their disease. These resources are available free of charge at Print versions are available to order on

NCCN Guidelines for Patients and NCCN Quick Guide™ sheets—one- to two-page summaries of key points in the patient guidelines—are written in plain language and include patient-friendly elements, such as questions to ask your doctor, a glossary of terms, and medical illustrations of anatomy, tests, and treatments. NCCN Guidelines for Patients and NCCN Quick Guide™ sheets DO NOT replace the expertise and clinical judgment of the clinician.

NCCN currently offers NCCN Guidelines for Patients for the following:  Breast, Colon, Esophageal, Kidney, NSCLC, Ovarian, Pancreatic, and Prostate Cancers; Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL); Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults; Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL); Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML); Hodgkin Lymphoma; Lung Cancer Screening; Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma; Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS); Melanoma; Multiple Myeloma; Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphomas; and Soft Tissue Sarcoma.

To download the NCCN patient education resources for Colon Cancer and/or Multiple Myeloma, visit