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NCCN Announces Release of New Cancer Testing CD-ROM

ROCKLEDGE, PA, July 21, 2003 – The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of 19 of the world's leading cancer centers, is pleased to announce its newest CD-ROM, entitled Cancer Testing: Work up, Staging, and Follow-up within the Complete Library of NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology.

The purpose of this CD-ROM is to serve as a resource to primary care physicians and specialists in areas other than oncology as they provide care to the patient with cancer. The contents focus on the work-up and follow-up testing that patients undergo as part of their initial evaluation for cancer and their ongoing surveillance following therapy. The goals are several:

  • To acquaint primary care physicians and specialists in areas other than oncology with the specific tests indicated for each cancer, which are frequently geared to the specific stage of the tumor;
  • To facilitate the primary care physician’s understanding of the rationale for a specific set of tests and also, to understand the rationale for not including particular tests in this set;
  • To enable them to anticipate for patients the upcoming testing schedule; and
  • To enable them to reassure patients about the adequacy and appropriateness of the scope and scheduling of their tests.

The CD-ROM presents over 100 NCCN clinical practice guidelines. These tumor-specific guidelines provide recommendations for the total management of the cancer patient, spanning care from initial diagnosis and evaluation, through primary and adjuvant treatment followed by surveillance, to the management of recurrent and advanced disease. Each guideline consists of an algorithm, outlining the clinical decision-making pathway, a manuscript describing the evidence behind the recommendations, and references. By highlighting the diagnostic, initial staging and evaluation, and surveillance sections of each pathway, the clinician will be able to ascertain quickly and accurately the appropriate testing for a particular patient at a specific point in his or her disease.

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About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 27 leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system. As the arbiter of high-quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers. The primary goal of all NCCN initiatives is to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of oncology practice so patients can live better lives. For more information, visit

The NCCN Member Institutions are:

  • Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
  • Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute
  • City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center | Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
  • Duke Cancer Institute
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
  • Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
  • Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Stanford Cancer Institute
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • University of Colorado Cancer Center
  • University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
  • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital