Fight CRC Partners on 2017 NCCN Guidelines for Patients


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[SPRINGFIELD, MO — August 11, 2017] Fight Colorectal Cancer is the proud advocacy partner of the NCCN Foundation® for the publication of the 2017 versions of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients® for Colon and Rectal Cancers. These patient resources are published by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®). In these publications, patients learn about the best treatment options for their disease and include patient-friendly tools, such as questions to ask your doctor, a glossary of terms, and medical illustrations of anatomy, tests, and treatment. The guidelines can be viewed and/or downloaded at no charge from or the NCCN Patient Guides for Cancer mobile app.

“NCCN Foundation is incredibly grateful to Fight Colorectal Cancer for their generous support of both the NCCN Guidelines for Patients for Colon and Rectal Cancers,” said Marcie R. Reeder, MPH, Executive Director, NCCN Foundation. “With more than 100,000 new cases of Colorectal Cancer diagnosed in the United States each year, we are pleased to now be able to empower the total patient population with the most up-to-date clinical options available to them at every stage of their cancer journey.”

Providing patients with easy-to-understand, credible resources is fundamental to the work of Fight CRC. As a trusted source for patient education, Fight CRC partnered with NCCN Foundation to help more patients facing colorectal cancer gain access to information and support.

"We are proud to support the evidence-based NCCN Guidelines for Patients for both colon and rectal cancers this year,” said Anjee Davis, president of Fight CRC. “We see these tools as invaluable resources to patients. The publications give our community the latest information on the standards of care in a patient-friendly way while providing the most updated information on clinical practice guidelines for healthcare providers."

This is the second year Fight CRC has sponsored the patient guidelines for colon cancer. This is the first year NCCN has released a rectal cancer version, and Fight CRC is proud to be its inaugural advocacy partner.

"It is so important for patients and their families to have access to reliable, up-to-date and understandable information about their cancer to assist in composing questions and making decisions about their care when seeking guidance from their clinicians. The NCCN Guidelines for Patients and NCCN Quick Guide™ sheet for Rectal Cancer are such tools that we hope will be invaluable to those with rectal cancer and their friends and family as they manage the complexities of this disease," said Al B. Benson, III, MD, Associate Director for Cooperative Groups, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, and Chair of the NCCN Guidelines Panels for Colon, Rectal, and Anal Cancers. "Patient advocacy groups are important partners for both patients and clinicians and we are so grateful that Fight Colorectal Cancer has partnered with us at NCCN to create this new information and decision tool for patients everywhere."

The publications are a complement to Fight CRC’s award-winning patient resource, Your Guide in the Fight, a guidebook for those facing colon or rectal cancers which details each step involved from the day of diagnosis to survivorship or end of life care. View our resource library for additional information.