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NCCN Publishes New Patient Resource for Stage 0 Breast Cancer

New NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Stage 0 Breast Cancer is now available free-of-charge on NCCN.org/patients; NCCN Guidelines for Patients® are educational resources that offer patient-friendly treatment information

FORT WASHINGTON, PA – The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), with the support of the NCCN Foundation®, announces the availability of NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Stage 0 Breast Cancer—the latest addition to the library of NCCN Guidelines for Patients® available free-of-charge at NCCN.org/patients. This is the first stage-specific NCCN Guidelines for Patients published by NCCN.

The NCCN Guidelines for Patients, patient-friendly translations of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®), are designed to provide people with cancer and their caregivers with state-of-the-art treatment information in easy-to-understand language.

This is the first installment of a complete library of NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Breast Cancer, broken out by cancer stage. Subsequent stages for breast cancer are expected to publish in 2014. NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Breast Cancer, Version 2.2011, which covers treatment options for all stages of breast cancer, will remain available on NCCN.org/patients until all other installments of stage-specific treatment information are published for the disease type.

"In the past years, there have been tremendous research and treatment developments in the field of breast cancer," said Robert W. Carlson, MD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN. "Therefore, patients can be overwhelmed by the amount of information available. By breaking down this patient resource by stage and making world-class treatment explanations even more accessible, NCCN further empowers patients to make well-informed decisions about their treatment."

The NCCN Guidelines® are developed by multidisciplinary panels of experts from NCCN Member Institutions and feature sequential decision outlines that address appropriate management options from initial work-up throughout the course of the disease. The NCCN Guidelines for Patients translate the professional Guidelines in a clear, step-by-step manner that people can use as the basis for making decisions and discussing treatment options with their physicians.

In addition to the patient resources for breast cancer, NCCN currently offers 12 additional NCCN Guidelines for Patients, including Colon, Esophageal, Non-Small Cell Lung, Ovarian, Pancreatic, and Prostate Cancers, Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA), Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, and Lung Cancer Screening. NCCN Guidelines for Patients are made possible by charitable donations to the NCCN Foundation. Print versions are available for certain disease types. Visit NCCN.org/patients to request free copies.