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NCCN Participates in the Asia Consensus Statement Meetings on Kidney and Bladder Cancers

By Jorge Bacigalupo, Global Business Development Specialist, NCCN

In May 2015, representatives of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) participated in the Asia Consensus Statement meeting, held during the American Urological Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting (AUA 2015) in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. This year’s meeting focused on the creation of consensus statements for Bladder and Kidney Cancers.

Representatives of NCCN included Robert W. Carlson, MD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN; Peter Clark MD, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Chair, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) Panel for Bladder Cancer; Eric Jonasch MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Vice-Chair, NCCN Guidelines Panel for Kidney Cancer; and Rashmi Kumar, PhD, Senior Manager of Clinical Content, NCCN.

The 2015 meeting participants included a panel of multidisciplinary specialists from China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, who engaged in consensus discussions that will result in the 2015 Asia Consensus Statements for Bladder and Kidney Cancers. The adaptations will be based on scientific descriptions and analyses of variations in care across numerous regions in Asia. 

Moreover, the Asia Consensus Statements for Kidney and Bladder Cancers will be English-language manuscripts designed to provide clinical resources for Asian specialists who are involved in the management of patients with Kidney and Bladder cancers in Asia. NCCN anticipates making these adaptations available on NCCN.org in fall of 2015.

The New Orleans meeting follows the Asia Consensus Statement meeting held in September 2013 in Incheon, South Korea, which facilitated discussion around scientific descriptions and analyses of variations in care of patients with prostate cancer across numerous regions in Asia.

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