National Cancer Comprehensive Network Publishes New Treatment Guidelines for Prostate Cancer
The new NCCN Guidelines for Patients™ for Prostate Cancer provide a framework on which to base treatment decisions. Prostate cancer is a complex disease, with many controversial aspects of management and with a lack of sound data to support treatment recommendations. Several variables (including life expectancy, disease characteristics, predicted outcomes, and patient preferences) must be considered by the person with cancer and physician in tailoring prostate cancer therapy to the individual.
These Patient Guidelines aim to provide information that will help people talk to their doctors 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.
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The NCCN Guidelines for Patients™ for Prostate Cancer can be found at NCCN.org, the website for clinicians, or at NCCN.com, the website for people with cancer, or directly at NCCN.com/files/cancer-guidelines/prostate/index.html. The NCCN Guidelines for Patients™ for Prostate Cancer are also available in print booklet format, which can be obtained free of charge.
Source: National Cancer Comprehensive Network, NCCN.com
This article was originally published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, January/February 2012.