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NCCN Celebrates World Cancer Day 2017

As a proud member of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is honored to support World Cancer Day 2017 on February 4 and take action to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families, and communities.

With more than 14 million people affected by cancer each year, it is our mission, an alliance of 27 of the leading cancer centers, to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives.

Each year, NCCN’s esteemed experts volunteer more than 26,000 hours to create the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®). These Guidelines arm clinicians, patients, and other stakeholders with the information necessary to lead to optimal outcomes following a diagnosis, as well as cancer detection, prevention, and risk reduction, and supportive care and age-related considerations.
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Of the estimated 14 million people affected by cancer each year, approximately 75% reside outside North America, and NCCN is committed to ensuring that patients have access to the best cancer care available, no matter where they live. To make use of the NCCN Guidelines® easier and more relevant to worldwide constituents, NCCN offers 22 NCCN Guidelines translated into seven languages. Moreover, we collaborate with physician groups outside the United States to develop regional adaptations of the NCCN Guidelines, taking into account resources and metabolic differences within each population. This year and onward, we look to further growing the library of resources.
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Because the NCCN Guidelines are developed by leading U.S. multidisciplinary experts, we understand and appreciate that recommendations within the Guidelines may not reflect available resources—diagnostic tests and treatment approaches—available in low- and middle-income countries. Therefore, we work with disease experts throughout the world to develop a library of NCCN Framework for Resource Stratification of NCCN Guidelines (NCCN Framework™) to outline rational approaches to care management based on the highest achievable cancer care in the region.
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Finally, to further empower patients and provide insight into their disease and treatment options, the NCCN Foundation® offers a library of NCCN Guidelines for Patients®. These free education resources translate NCCN’s clinical guidelines into easy-to-understand language to help patients talk with their physicians and make informed choices about their course of treatment.
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NCCN extends its sincerest gratitude to the clinicians from around the world who generously give their time and expertise to review and create these resources. 

WE CAN educate. WE CAN empower. WE CAN improve the lives of people with cancer.
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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:

  • Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
  • Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute
  • City of Hope National Medical 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 Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 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 Rogel 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