The National Comprehensive Cancer Network has just published NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Colon Cancer in an online version.
It’s simple to read. Just turn the pages like a book.
You can also download a PDF copy with an easy to use, clickable table of contents.
There is also more patient-focused information on a NCCN.com, a website for patients, caregivers, and families.
The Guidelines for Patients are based on NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. Updated frequently, the NCCN Guidelines are widely used by doctors to help them with making treatment decisions based on the latest evidence. Panels of oncologists, other health professionals, and advocates meet regularly to review new research and revise the guidelines to reflect it.
The NCCN Colon Cancer Guidelines for Patients include both basic information about colon cancer and specific evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up at each stage of the disease.
It also includes a helpful dictionary of cancer terms, questions to ask your doctors, and a form you can fill out to keep track of doctors, tests, treatments, and your follow-up plan.
The Colon Cancer edition of NCCN Guidelines for Patients is not yet available in printed form, but it should be in the future.
The Fight Colorectal Cancer Answer Line uses the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology as we answer patient questions. It is up-to-date, reliable, and based on good evidence. The Patient Guidelines are similarly reliable, but easy to read and understand.
I have a small disclosure: I am a member of the NCCN Colon, Rectal, and Anal Cancer panel. So I do support the guidelines, but I have also had an opportunity to see how carefully the panel members review new information and decide whether the evidence is strong enough to include it in guideline revisions.