NCCN issues cancer “survivorship” guidelines for clinicians

According to a report on the Medscape Oncology web site this morning, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has just released, for the first time, guidelines for clinicians that address factors affecting “survivorship” after a diagnosis of and treatment for cancer.

The guidance document covers eight key areas: anxiety and depression, cognitive function, exercise, fatigue, immunizations and infections, pain, sexual function, and sleep disorders. The full text of these survivorship guidelines is accessible for free through the NCCN web site, but you do have to register to gain access to these and other NCCN guidelines.

Readers should understand that these guidelines are not in any way specific to prostate cancer.

As we have noted previously, the NCCN does provide a comprehensive set of patient-specific guidelines on prostate cancer through the NCCN Foundation. You do not have to register to be able to read and download these patient guidelines.

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