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Updated NCCN Practice Guidelines in Oncology Include 3 New Panels

Audrey Andrews

May 2012, Vol 3, No 3 - NCCN Conference

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) introduced 3 new panels to its Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology™ at its 2012 annual conference. The key components of these new guidelines are described below.

New Panel on Lung Cancer Screening

The new Lung Cancer Screening Panel recommended that persons at risk for lung cancer be screened regularly (in some cases, annually) with helical low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in an effort to detect cancer at its earliest stage.

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Cancer Diagnosis Increases Suicide Risk or CV Death in the First Few Weeks

May 2012, Vol 3, No 3 - NCCN Conference

Patients receiving a diagnosis of cancer are at increased risk for suicide and other adverse health effects that are triggered by the trauma associated with such a diagnosis, according to results of a recent study (Fang F, et al. N Engl J Med. 2012;366:1310-1318).

It has previously been shown that receiving a diagnosis of cancer is associated with a high level of psychological stress, but that has often been attributed to the stress associated with the treatment itself or to the burden of living with cancer.

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NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines Update

Audrey Andrews

May 2012, Vol 3, No 3 - NCCN Conference

The 2012 updates to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology™ have elevated several drugs to category 1 recommendation and have changed the algorithm for work-up in some tumors. A synopsis of the key updates presented at the 2012 annual conference is reported here.

Breast Cancer

The breast cancer panel recommended a more conservative use of imaging modalities for assessing, staging, and conservative management of the axillae in selected patients.

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Optimal Care for Patients with Cancer: Who Decides?

Audrey Andrews

May 2012, Vol 3, No 3 - NCCN Conference

Hollywood, FL—Cancer care today is influenced by an ever-broadening array of players, and what was once an intimate relationship between patient and physician now involves multiple decision makers. At the 2012 National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) meeting, a panel of various stakeholder groups addressed the questions of what and who defines “optimal care” for today’s patient. [ Read More ]

NCCN Roundtable: Clinical and Economic Issues Impacting Cancer Care Delivery

May 2010, Vol 1, No 1 - NCCN Conference

Hollywood, FL—Clinical practice guidelines issued by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) are followed by conscientious oncologists in their everyday practice, but they are developed based on clinical efficacy and without regard to costs. At a roundtable held during the NCCN’s 15th Annual Conference, moderator Clifford Goodman, PhD, Senior Vice [ Read More ]