How you are making a difference?
Because of donations to NCCN Foundation®, people with cancer and their families can find vital treatment and supportive care recommendations from NCCN experts.
One family was so thankful, they wanted to tell you the impact donors like you make in their lives:
In the summer of 2013 my husband John began having a constant, strange sensation in his chest. The gastroenterologist told him that he had a tumor at the gastro-esophageal junction. It was definitely malignant. We were both in shock.
I immediately looked up “Esophageal Cancer” on Google. I didn’t have any idea which tests should be done next or what information to believe. Then I came across one of the most important resources for us: the NCCN Guidelines for Patients. It was reassuring to see that John was given the NCCN-recommended tests and treatment regimen. Without the information in the NCCN Guidelines, we were totally at the mercy of others. And the cancer.
After John came home from treatment, the NCCN patient guidelines again came to our rescue. John’s former insurance company declined authorization for his 6-month follow-up scan, saying he didn’t need a scan for a year!!! I was mad. At this point, I knew to go and look at the NCCN Guidelines. It said that a scan every 4-6 months for the first 3 years is recommended. We were then able to convince the insurer to authorize the test.
Thanks for your support and most of all, thanks for those guidelines!
Laura Roberts Landino
John and Laura were lucky to have the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Esophageal Cancer. But there are still many cancer types and care topics to be added to the patient library. We have a goal to raise $400,000 by the end of 2017 to add six new cancer types to the library. Your gift will help meet this challenge. As Laura and John describe, your investment in the NCCN Guidelines for Patients reassures families during one of the most overwhelming and stressful times of their lives.