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What are the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines?

The core resources made available by NCCN are the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®). These guidelines are the recognized standard for clinical policy in cancer care and are the most detailed and most frequently updated clinical practice guidelines available in any area of medicine.

Clinical practice guidelines are decision tools that are created by doctors to explain a disease and determine the best way to treat a patient, depending on their diagnosis, disease stage, and other factors, such as age. These guidelines help doctors make decisions, by explaining the pros and cons of each option.

Covering 97 percent of all cancers affecting patients in the United States and updated on a continual basis, the NCCN Guidelines® are developed through explicit review of evidence (clinical trials, existing treatment protocol, etc.) integrated with expert medical judgment and recommendations by panels that are made up of representatives from the 28 NCCN Member Institutions.

There are currently 73 NCCN Guidelines available free-of-charge on NCCN.org that cover cancer detection, prevention and risk reduction, work-up and diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care issues.

The panels, each with a particular focus—tumor type, prevention, detection, risk reduction, or supportive care—comprise more than 1,300 physicians and oncology researchers from the NCCN Member Institutions.

The NCCN Guidelines are available free-of-charge at NCCN.org/clinical. To view the NCCN clinical guidelines, free registration is required on NCCN.org.

Click here to access the complete library of NCCN Guidelines