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NCCN Guidelines for Patients



Distress, Version 1.2017


These patient guides for cancer care are produced by the National

Comprehensive Cancer Network





The mission of NCCN is to improve cancer care so people can live better lives. At

the core of NCCN are the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN



). NCCN Guidelines


contain information to help health care workers

plan the best cancer care. They list options for cancer care that are most likely to

have the best results. The NCCN Guidelines for Patients


present the information

from the NCCN Guidelines in an easy-to-learn format.

Panels of experts create the NCCN Guidelines. Most of the experts are from

NCCN Member Institutions. Their areas of expertise are diverse. Many panels

also include a patient advocate. Recommendations in the NCCN Guidelines are

based on clinical trials and the experience of the panelists. The NCCN Guidelines

are updated at least once a year. When funded, the patient books are updated to

reflect the most recent version of the NCCN Guidelines for doctors.

For more information about the NCCN Guidelines, visit .

Dorothy A. Shead, MS

Director, Patient and

Clinical Information


Laura J. Hanisch, PsyD

Medical Writer/Patient

Information Specialist

Alycia Corrigan

Medical Writer

Rachael Clarke

Guidelines Data and

Layout Coordinator

Susan Kidney

Graphic Design


Kimberly Williams

Graphic Design and

Production Specialist

NCCN Foundation was founded by NCCN to raise funds for patient education

based on the NCCN Guidelines. NCCN Foundation offers guidance to people

with cancer and their caregivers at every step of their cancer journey. This is

done by sharing key information from the world’s leading cancer experts. This

information can be found in a library of NCCN Guidelines for Patients


and other

patient education resources. NCCN Foundation is also committed to advancing

cancer treatment by funding the nation’s promising doctors at the center of

cancer research, education, and progress of cancer therapies.

For more information about NCCN Foundation, visit


© 2017 National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Inc. All rights reserved. NCCN Guidelines for Patients


and illustrations herein may not be reproduced

in any form for any purpose without the express written permission of NCCN.

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