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NCCN Breast Cancer Guidelines now available at Medscape

JENKINTOWN, Pa., December 13, 2006 — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is proud to announce a new collaboration with Medscape from WebMD, the leading provider of online medical information and education for physicians and other healthcare professionals. The latest version of the NCCN Breast Cancer Guidelines, NCCN Clinical Practice in Oncology™, will be published on Medscape at, bringing the recognized standard for clinical policy in the oncology community to the widest audience of online healthcare professionals.

Visitors to Medscape will have easy access to the leading developments in the treatment of breast cancer. These recommendations are developed and updated through a consensus-driven process with explicit review of the scientific evidence by multidisciplinary panels of expert physicians from NCCN member institutions.

“We’re excited to have the Breast Cancer Guidelines on Medscape, which attracts over 1 million physician visits a month. With this increased visibility, more physicians and other health professionals will have access to the guidelines, hopefully implementing them regularly into their practice,” said Robert Carlson, M.D., chair of the NCCN Breast Cancer Guidelines Panel.

“WebMD is dedicated to providing physicians with instant access to credible and relevant medical information,” said Steve Zatz, MD, EVP, Professional Services, WebMD. “We are pleased to support the NCCN by disseminating its new Breast Cancer Guidelines on Medscape so that oncology specialists and their patients can benefit from these important standards.”

Medscape is available free to registered users, providing specialists, primary care physicians and other health professionals with Medscape’s award-winning original news and leading online continuing medical education, as well as MEDLINE and Medscape Select Search. The NCCN Breast Cancer Guidelines can be found on both and

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