Patient-Friendly Guide Offers Free Step-by-Step Information for People with Soft Tissue Sarcoma

NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Soft Tissue Sarcoma, available free-of-charge at  NCCN.org/patients, is designed to provide people with cancer and their caregivers state-of-the-art treatment information in easy-to-understand language.

FORT WASHINGTON, PA — People with various soft tissue sarcoma diagnoses need access to state-of-the-art treatment information in easy-to-understand language. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has published the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Soft Tissue Sarcoma for people with various soft tissue sarcoma diagnoses, including sarcomas of the limbs, outer trunk, head, and neck; sarcomas of the inner trunk; gastrointestinal stromal tumors; and desmoid tumors.

The NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Soft Tissue Sarcoma, through the support of the NCCN Foundation®, is available to view and download free-of-charge at NCCN.org/patients.

“NCCN is pleased to offer the NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Soft Tissue Sarcoma,” said Marcie R. Reeder, MPH, Executive Director, NCCN Foundation. “Considering that sarcomas are rare tumor types, the availability of such a valuable patient information resource indeed empowers patients and their caregivers through knowledge, allowing them to work alongside their care teams to make informed treatment decisions.”

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 state-of-the-art treatment information in easy-to-understand language.

The NCCN Guidelines® are developed by multidisciplinary panels of experts from NCCN Member Institutions and feature algorithms 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 discussing treatment options with their physicians.

This resource is written according to plain language principles to improve health literacy, and the design and format feature patient-friendly elements such as medical illustrations alongside descriptions of body parts, tests, and treatments. NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Soft Tissue Sarcoma also includes an expansive glossary with definitions of medical terms and acronyms.

NCCN currently offers NCCN Guidelines for Patients for the following: Breast, Colon, Esophageal, Non-Small Cell Lung, Ovarian, Pancreatic, and Prostate Cancers; Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA); Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia; Lung Cancer Screening, Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma; Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma; and Soft Tissue Sarcoma.

Funding for the library of NCCN Guidelines for Patients is made possible through the NCCN Foundation.

To download the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Soft Tissue Sarcoma, visit NCCN.org/patients.

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