The American Cancer Societys translation
of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines
(originally designed for oncology professionals) for the treatment of
colon and rectal cancer is now available in a booklet for patients.
The guidelines give patients and their families a reliable, specific,
and easy-to-understand source of information that can aid them in
making informed decisions.
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 130,200
Americans will learn that they have colorectal cancer this year, and
an estimated 56,300 deaths will occur as a result of the disease.
Rather than having to consult numerous different sources, colon and
rectal cancer patients will now have access to a wealth of
information in a convenient, clearly written format.
Among the topics discussed in the booklet are known risk factors,
prevention and early detection of colon and rectal cancer, stages of
the disease, medical decisions and treatment options, side effects of
treatment, important questions for patients to discuss with their
doctors, general information about clinical trials, and a glossary of
terms commonly used in colon and rectal cancer treatment.
Each topic is covered in depth and incorporates the latest available
information in cancer care. The booklet also contains numerous visual
aids, including flowchart algorithms that represent appropriate
treatment for different stages of colon and rectal cancer.
The partnership between the NCCN and the American Cancer
Society provides access to patient versions of the same guidelines
oncologists use to aid their decisions about appropriate
treatment, said William T. McGivney, chief executive officer of
the NCCN. Our goal is to inform and facilitate this critical
decision-making process between patient and physician.
American Cancer Society president Gerald L. Woolam, MD, said The
patient guidelines collaboration with NCCN has developed some of the
best patient materials available today. When you can give patients an
easy-to-understand, state-of-the-science tool to help them deal with
their cancer, youve done a very important thing.
To obtain copies of the patient version of the colon and rectal
cancer guidelines, contact the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
at 1-888-909-NCCN or the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.
You may also visit their websites at www.nccn.org