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NCCN Releases Growth Factors and Lung, Kidney, Testicular, Gastric and Esophageal Cancers Chapters of the NCCN Drugs & Biologics Compendium™

JENKINTOWN, Pa., September 13, 2005 — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) announces important new additions to the NCCN Drugs & Biologics Compendium™, an authoritative source of evaluative information on the appropriate use of drugs and biologics in cancer care. NCCN has added the following titles to the list of available Compendium chapters:

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Cancer- and Treatment-Related Anemia
  • Myeloid Growth Factors in Cancer Treatment
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer

“A variety of constituencies in the health care community look to NCCN for evaluative information to aid their decision-making. NCCN again is responding to these needs by providing evaluative data in an easy-to-use format,” said William T. McGivney, Ph.D., CEO of NCCN. “One target audience for the NCCN Drugs & Biologics Compendium™ comprises decision-makers at insurance/managed care companies, PBMs, etc. who seek authoritative and definitive information to establish coverage policies. In cancer care, the issue of the appropriateness of use beyond FDA-approved labeling is critical and is addressed extensively by the Compendium.”

The NCCN Drugs & Biologics Compendium™ delineates the appropriate uses of drugs and biologics in the care of patients with cancer. The Compendium’s identified uses are derived directly from the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology, the recognized standard for clinical policy in oncology. As with the guidelines, the Compendium will span the continuum of cancer care from early stage to advanced stage disease, and from supportive care to palliative care. The Compendium is made available free of charge in user-friendly electronic and paper formats.

The Compendium lists disease indications and specific recommendations for use as described in the NCCN Guidelines. The end-user will also be provided the recommendation category that defines the level of evidence and degree of consensus that support the recommendation.

For the most recent versions of Compendium chapters and for more information about the NCCN Drugs & Biologics Compendium™ and other NCCN programs, please contact NCCN at 215-690-0255 or at www.nccn.org.

About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 27 of the world's 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 NCCN.org.

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