The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink is pleased to see that — here in the USA — the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has just issued a fully revised, new edition of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients™ for Prostate Cancer (Version 1.2011).
This new set of NCCN guidelines — written specifically for patients (as compared with the NCCN guidelines that are written and updated regularly for physicians) — appear to be a massive improvement over the first attempt, published about a year ago. The NCCN states that the revised NCCN Guidelines for Patients™ for Prostate Cancer have been created to offer patients “a framework on which to base treatment decisions.”
Specifically, these patient guidelines,
… aim to provide information that will help a patient talk to his doctor about treatment for prostate cancer. In particular, the guidelines give treatment recommendations based on the characteristics of the cancer, possible side effects of treatments, and a side-by-side comparison of the main benefits and disadvantages of the treatments for prostate cancer.
The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink intends to review these new patient guidelines with great care, and will comment on them further in due course. As regular readers of these columns will remember, we were not exactly enthused by the initial attempt from NCCN, and we were given the opportunity to speak with senior personnel at the NCCN about our concerns with that first attempt.
The new NCCN Guidelines for Patients™ for Prostate Cancer can be found
- Via the NCCN’s web site for clinicians
- Via the NCCN’s web site for patients
- Or directly by clicking here
Support group leaders and other individual patients should also be aware that the NCCN Guidelines for Patients™ for Prostate Cancer are also available free of charge, in print booklet format, by e-mailing the NCCN at this address.