NCCN has developed NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines) for the treatment of cancer, management of complications, and screening. The NCCN Guidelines, regularly updated, are a fusion of scientific data and expert opinion from panels composed of oncology professionals from NCCN member institutions. Over time, these guidelines have become more and more accepted by the oncology community in the United States. They are also extensively used internationally. As reported by William T. McGivney, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of NCCN, the NCCN Guidelines also “have been requested by cancer care professionals in more than 115 countries.”
Furthermore, the 2009 NCCN Annual Report notes that 44% of all registered users are outside the United States. In 2009, NCCN approved adapted China editions of 10 different Guidelines for the management of common cancers, and the translation of NCCN Guidelines into Japanese is currently in progress. In 2009, NCCN Guidelines programs were held in Korea, United Arab Emirates, Japan (in 2 cities), and China (in 3 cities).
Thus, NCCN Guidelines are obviously filling a need internationally. The volume of data, wealth of new information, and deluge of new therapeutic agents is daunting. The fear, felt years ago, that a small group of cancer centers would dictate how cancer treatment should be managed has been replaced by acceptance of the need for a systematic way of approaching a diverse group of related diseases.