NCCN Patient Guidelines Wins Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Patient Education Award from CPEN – PR Newswire | Team Cansler

Resources for breast cancer patients from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, recognized for uniquely supporting diversity, equity and inclusion, available free at

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., October 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) – an alliance of leading cancer centers dedicated to patient care, research and education – was named a 2022 Excellence in Cancer Patient Education Award Winner by the Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN). CPEN was originally established in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to promote and provide models of excellence in patient, family and community education across the continuum of care. The now nonprofit professional organization continues to do this, bringing together educators, researchers, program managers and others to ensure cancer patients and their families can achieve optimal health outcomes.

NCCN was nominated for the 2022 CPEN Award by Gen KochDirector of Blue Note Therapeutics and Chair of the NCCN Foundation® The board of directors, especially for her unique support for diversity, equity and inclusion in resources for breast cancer patients. NCCN’s free breast cancer resources for patients and carers include a set of NCCN patient guidelines® Books in multiple languages, as well as animated videos and expert webinars. All are available free at

NCCN patient resources are based on the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®), which are considered the gold standard of clinical direction and guidelines in cancer management and are the most thorough and frequently updated clinical practice guidelines available in all branches of medicine. Evidence-based recommendations are updated by multidisciplinary expert panels, including patient advocates. The NCCN patient guidelines contain the same unbiased expert guidance as the clinical versions, but are presented in an easy-to-read format – with clear language, charts, images, a glossary of medical terms and suggested questions to ask at appointments – thanks to the Supporting the NCCN Foundation.

“We are grateful to CPEN for this recognition of our work in equipping patients and caregivers with the knowledge they need to engage in their ideal cancer treatment decisions,” said Patrick K DelaneyExecutive Director, NCCN Foundation. “This award demonstrates the importance of ensuring everyone has access to accurate and up-to-date information in order to achieve the best possible outcomes.”

The library of NCCN patient guidelines currently contains 65 different books with tailored recommendations for more than 50 types of cancer – including breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer – as well as supportive care topics such as managing cancer-related suffering, nausea and vomiting and special considerations for adolescents and young adults with all types of cancer. There are also patient guidelines for detection, prevention and risk reduction, including the latest recommendations for colorectal, lung and breast cancer screening.

In her CPEN award nomination, Cook stated, “The breast cancer screening and diagnosis guidelines and the breast cancer treatment guidelines address differences in cultural and individual identity—particularly in relation to birth-assigned sex and gender – and take different levels of health literacy into account. Plain language, inclusive and non-judgmental language and representative photos are used.”

“At NCCN, we are guided by our mission to improve and facilitate quality, effective, equitable and accessible cancer care so that all patients can live better lives,” he said Robert W CarlsonMD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN. “Patient-centered care is the best care. To achieve that, we need to provide educational resources that meet patients where they are.”

The NCCN patient guidelines were downloaded more than 2 million times in 2021. They are available for free digital download at or via the NCCN Patient Guides for Cancer app. Printed editions are available free while supplies last, through the NCCN’s online catalog, or through Amazon for a small fee.

Via the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is a non-profit alliance of leading cancer centers dedicated to patient care, research and education. NCCN is dedicated to improving and facilitating quality, effective, equitable and accessible cancer care so that all patients can live better lives. The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) Providing transparent, evidence-based expert consensus recommendations for cancer treatment, prevention and support services; They are the recognized standard for clinical and cancer management guidelines and the most thorough and frequently updated clinical practice guidelines available in all branches of medicine. That NCCN guidelines for patients® Providing expert cancer care information to inform and empower patients and caregivers, through support from the NCCN Foundation®. NCCN is also making progress Continuing education, global initiatives, politicsand research cooperation and publication in oncology. Visit for more information and follow NCCN on Facebook @NCCNorg, Instagram @NCCNorg and Twitter @NCCN.

About the NCCN Foundation
The NCCN Foundation® was founded by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) to empower people living with cancer and drive innovation in oncology. The NCCN Foundation empowers people living with cancer and their caregivers by providing unbiased expert guidance from the world’s leading cancer experts through the library of NCCN patient guidelines® and other patient education resources. The NCCN Foundation is also committed to advancing cancer care by funding the country’s promising young researchers at the forefront of cancer research. For more information about the NCCN Foundation, visit

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SOURCE National Comprehensive Cancer Network

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