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New Cancer Support Resources Available in Spanish

ROCKLEDGE, PA, March 3, 2003 – The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the American Cancer Society are pleased to announce three new resources available to Spanish-speaking patients and their families. Ovarian Cancer, Melanoma, and Fever and Neutropenia are the newest additions to the Treatment Guidelines for Patients with Cancer series in the Spanish language. Other Spanish titles include Breast Cancer, Colon and Rectal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Cancer Pain, Nausea and Vomiting, and Cancer-Related Fatigue. The series, available in booklet form or online (, is dedicated to educating patients and their families about cancer.

“NCCN welcomes the opportunity to bring these new cancer guidelines to the Spanish-speaking community,” said Rodger J. Winn, M.D., chairman of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Guidelines Steering Committee. “We hope that, by providing patients and doctors with similar resources, we can bridge the language barrier and help them make critical decisions as a team.”

NCCN Treatment Guidelines for Patients are the result of a collaborative effort between NCCN and the American Cancer Society and are derived directly from the Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology developed for physicians by the NCCN. The patient guidelines also provide background information on different types of cancers, their causes, various treatment options, and a glossary of terms.

“We are pleased our collaboration with NCCN will result in offering both Spanish and English guideline materials,” said Mary A. Simmonds, M.D., FACP, national volunteer president of the American Cancer Society. “Cancer patients and their families now have the reliable, specific, and easy-to-understand information they need to make timely and well-informed decisions about this critical health care issue.”

These materials are available free of charge on NCCN’s Web site at and by calling NCCN toll-free at 1-888-909-NCCN. Materials also are available on the American Cancer Society’s Web site at or by calling 1-800-ACS-2345.

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