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NCCN and the MENA Regional Center for NCCN Collaboration Meet in Chicago

By Jorge Bacigalupo, Global Business Development Specialist, NCCN

On the 30th of May, in conjunction with the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) held its annual MENA-NCCN coordination meeting to advance the availability and utilization of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for the Middle East/North Africa (MENA).

During this meeting, NCCN representatives met with the Director of the Coordinating Center for MENA-NCCN, Abdul Rahman Jazaeh, MD, MPH, Chairman, Department of Oncology, King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to discuss the process of updating regional adaptations of NCCN Guidelines® for MENA, as well as how to best strengthen and grow the collaboration.

Preliminary discussions were held regarding updated versions of MENA editions of NCCN Guidelines for Breast, Colon, Hepatobiliary, and Prostate Cancers and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphomas; an updated MENA edition of the NCCN Guidelines for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer is expected to publish in Fall 2015.

NCCN regularly collaborates to create and distribute foreign editions, regional adaptations, and consensus statements of the NCCN Guidelines, which are NCCN Guidelines derivatives and allow for consideration of metabolic differences in populations, local accessibility, and regulatory status of health care technologies used in cancer care in the specified country. NCCN’s international initiatives aim to further advance NCCN’s Mission to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of oncology practice so patients can live better lives.

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