The National Comprehensive Cancer Network, better known as the NCCN has launched an online and CD-ROM version of its Complete Library of Practice Guidelines in Oncology.
The NCCN Guidelines are the result of a rigorous consensus-driven approach that integrates annual review and evaluation of available scientific evidence with the expert opinion of the world’s leading clinicians who have disease-specific expertise. The Guidelines address the management of over 98% of all cancers encountered in oncology practices.
Last year, the NCCN launched its Complete Library of Practice Guidelines in Oncology on CD-ROM for the first time as one convenient resource, replacing over 1,000 printed pages of clinical algorithms and text. In addition to providing an alphanumeric key code that allows users to access the Guidelines on the Internet, the updated CD-ROM contains a more intuitive layout of individual Guidelines by grouping clinically relevant information.
Response from practitioners in the US and abroad has been overwhelmingly positive, stated William T McGivney, CEO of the NCCN, in a media release. We provide the entire professional oncology community with treatment recommendations based on a blend of evidence-based medicine and the expert medical opinion of our member institutions.
The newly released library includes guidelines for cancer diagnosis and treatment, supportive care, and cancer prevention and early detection. Over 600 of the world’s leading oncologists make up the 44 panels that have developed the more than 100 Oncology Guidelines.
The NCCN Guidelines are recognized as the standard for clinical policy in oncology in the US.