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NCCN Guidelines Provide Oncologists Worldwide with Current and Up-to-Date Information on the Latest Treatment Options for Cancer Patients – Complete Library of Practice Guidelines in Oncology Now Available On-Line at

ROCKLEDGE, PA, February 19, 2002 - Today the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) announced that the NCCN Complete Library of Practice Guidelines in Oncology are now available through the Internet, as well as on CD-ROM. The NCCN Guidelines are recognized as the standard for clinical policy in oncology in the United States.

"Creating the infrastructure to allow the NCCN Guidelines to be on the Internet and accessible to oncologists worldwide has been a huge undertaking, but well worth it," explained Rodger Winn, MD, Chairman of the NCCN Guidelines Steering Committee. "Physicians and other medical professionals will now have immediate access to the most current Guidelines for oncology treatment, limited only by the time required for review by the NCCN panels." The NCCN Guidelines are the result of a rigorous consensus-driven approach that integrates annual review and evaluation of available scientific evidence with the expert opinion of the world's leading clinicians who have disease-specific expertise. The Guidelines address the management of over 98 percent of all cancers encountered in oncology practices.

Last year, the NCCN launched its Complete Library of Practice Guidelines in Oncology on CD-ROM for the first time as one convenient resource, replacing over 1,000 printed pages of clinical algorithms and text. In addition to providing an alphanumeric key code that allows users to access the Guidelines on the Internet, the updated CD-ROM contains a more intuitive layout of individual Guidelines by grouping clinically relevant information.

"Response from practitioners in the US and abroad has been overwhelmingly positive," stated William T. McGivney, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of the NCCN. "We provide the entire professional oncology community with treatment recommendations based on a blend of evidence-based medicine and the expert medical opinion of our member institutions."

The newly-released comprehensive library includes Guidelines for cancer diagnosis and treatment, supportive care (e.g. pain, fatigue), and cancer prevention and early detection. Over 600 of the world's leading oncologists make up the 44 panels that have developed the more than 100 Oncology Guidelines.

"The landscape of cancer treatment is constantly changing and we are committed to keeping oncologists on the leading-edge. This is critical to providing the best care for the patients we serve," emphasized Dr. McGivney.

Copies of the Complete Library of NCCN Oncology Practice Guidelines on CD-ROM can be ordered online at or by telephone at 215-690-0300.

Founded in 1995, the NCCN is dedicated to advancing the missions of its member institutions in education, research and patient care. As part of its mission, the NCCN serves as the most authoritative source of cancer care information for health professionals based upon the expertise and input of its world-renowned clinicians.

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