A Brief Overview: National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is a not-for-profit alliance of 33 leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education. NCCN is dedicated to improving and facilitating quality, effective, equitable, and accessible cancer care so all patients can live better lives.

  • Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system.
  • By defining and advancing high-quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers worldwide.
  • NCCN Member Institutions pioneered the concept of the multidisciplinary team approach to patient care and conduct innovative research that contributes significantly to understanding, diagnosing, and treating cancer.

The NCCN offers several programs and resources to give clinicians access to tools and knowledge that can help guide decision-making in the management of cancer, including the flagship product, the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®).

  • The NCCN Guidelines provide evidence-based, consensus-driven guidance for cancer management to ensure that all patients receive preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and supportive services that are most likely to lead to optimal outcomes.
  • The NCCN Guidelines are the most detailed and frequently updated clinical practice guidelines available in any area of medicine and are the recognized standard for cancer care throughout the world. 

The NCCN Guidelines cover various aspects of cancer management, such as screening, diagnosis, staging, treatment, supportive care, follow-up, and survivorship. By following the NCCN Guidelines, physicians can ensure that they are providing high-quality, effective, and efficient cancer care that meets the needs and preferences of their patients.

Ikonopedia has developed the ability to identify patients who meet NCCN guidelines for genetic testing easy. This can be done electronically on a tablet in the practice or within your EMR or RIS patient portal prior to the patient’s appointment. Patients who would benefit from genetic testing are automatically flagged for appropriate clinical follow-up. To ensure an easy workflow, the lab requisition form is automatically populated by Ikonopedia. Genetic testing can now be seamlessly adopted into any breast imaging workflow.

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NCCN resources:

National Library of Medicine

NCCN Development and Update of Guidelines

NCCN Patient Resources