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Updated Patient Resources Available on for Breast and Pancreatic Cancers, Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, and Melanoma

Updated 2014 Versions of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Breast Cancer Stages 0 – IV, Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Melanoma, and Pancreatic Cancer are now available to view and download on

These NCCN Guidelines for Patients® are high-quality resources for patients and caregivers in the process of planning or receiving treatment. They include the most recent test and treatment recommendations for each stage of the disease. Outlined explanations of the most recent updates for each cancer type are also available to view on

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) aims to provide people with cancer and the general public with state-of-the-art cancer treatment information in easy-to-understand language. The NCCN Guidelines for Patients, translations of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®), are meant to help patients with cancer talk to their doctors about the best treatment options for the type of cancer that they have.

The NCCN Guidelines for Patients are developed according to plain language principles to improve health literacy. The design and format feature patient-friendly elements such as medical illustrations alongside descriptions of body parts, tests, and treatments. They also include an expansive glossary with definitions of medical terms and acronyms.

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

Funding for the library of NCCN Guidelines for Patients is made possible through the NCCN Foundation®.

For more information or to view the NCCN Guidelines for Patients, visit