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The International Endorsement of US Distress Screening and Psychosocial Guidelines in Oncology: A Model for Dissemination

Mark Lazenby

The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines) for Distress Management have, since 1997, called for routine screening of distress in patients with cancer. Following the example of pain as the fifth vital sign, the case for using the concept of distress as the sixth vital sign was made by leading psycho-oncologists in 2007. Cancer care organizations in Canada and the International Psycho-Oncology Society have adopted the NCCN Guidelines for Distress Management and have named distress screening as the sixth vital sign, thereby encouraging cancer care clinicians to think of screening for distress when they screen for pain and other vital signs. Using the evidence integration triangle, this article explores the dissemination of the notion of distress as the sixth vital sign in an international context. This exploration shows that NCCN and similar organizations can adopt the evidence integration triangle in its next phase of moving toward full implementation of the NCCN Guidelines for Distress Management.

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Was There a Patient in Your Clinic Today Who Was Distressed?

Jimmie C. Holland, Mark Lazenby, and Matthew J. Loscalzo

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NCCN Guidelines Insights: Colorectal Cancer Screening, Version 2.2020

Featured Updates to the NCCN Guidelines

Dawn Provenzale, Reid M. Ness, Xavier Llor, Jennifer M. Weiss, Benjamin Abbadessa, Gregory Cooper, Dayna S. Early, Mark Friedman, Francis M. Giardiello, Kathryn Glaser, Suryakanth Gurudu, Amy L. Halverson, Rachel Issaka, Rishi Jain, Priyanka Kanth, Trilokesh Kidambi, Audrey J. Lazenby, Lillias Maguire, Arnold J. Markowitz, Folasade P. May, Robert J. Mayer, Shivan Mehta, Swati Patel, Shajan Peter, Peter P. Stanich, Jonathan Terdiman, Jennifer Keller, Mary A. Dwyer, and Ndiya Ogba

The NCCN Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening describe various colorectal screening modalities as well as recommended screening schedules for patients at average or increased risk of developing sporadic CRC. They are intended to aid physicians with clinical decision-making regarding CRC screening for patients without defined genetic syndromes. These NCCN Guidelines Insights focus on select recent updates to the NCCN Guidelines, including a section on primary and secondary CRC prevention, and provide context for the panel’s recommendations regarding the age to initiate screening in average risk individuals and follow-up for low-risk adenomas.