NEW CANCER SUPPORT RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN SPANISH

NEW CANCER SUPPORT RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN SPANISH



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ROCKLEDGE, Pa.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar. 3, 2003–The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the American Cancer Society are pleased to announce three new resources available to Spanish-speaking patients and their families.

Ovarian Cancer, Melanoma, and Fever and Neutropenia are the newest additions to the Treatment Guidelines for Patients with Cancer series in the Spanish language. Other Spanish titles include Breast Cancer, Colon and Rectal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Cancer Pain, Nausea and Vomiting, and Cancer-Related Fatigue.

The series, available in booklet form or online (http://www.nccn.org), is dedicated to educating patients and their families about cancer.

“NCCN welcomes the opportunity to bring these new cancer guidelines to the Spanish-speaking community,” said Rodger J. Winn, M.D., chairman of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Guidelines Steering Committee. “We hope that, by providing patients and doctors with similar resources, we can bridge the language barrier and help them make critical decisions as a team.”

NCCN Treatment Guidelines for Patients are the result of a collaborative effort between NCCN and the American Cancer Society and are derived directly from the Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology developed for physicians by the NCCN. The patient guidelines also provide background information on different types of cancers, their causes, various treatment options, and a glossary of terms.

“We are pleased our collaboration with NCCN will result in offering both Spanish and English guideline materials,” said Mary A. Simmonds, M.D., FACP, national volunteer president of the American Cancer Society. “Cancer patients and their families now have the reliable, specific, and easy-to-understand information they need to make timely and well-informed decisions about this critical health care issue.”

These materials are available free of charge on NCCN’s Web site at http://www.nccn.org and by calling NCCN toll-free at 1-888-909-NCCN. Materials also are available on the American Cancer Society’s Web site at http://www.cancer.org or by calling 800/ACS-2345.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of 19 of the world’s leading cancer centers, is an authoritative source of information to help patients and health professionals make informed decisions about cancer care. Through the collective expertise of its member institutions, the NCCN develops, updates, and disseminates a complete library of clinical practice guidelines.

The NCCN’s complete spectrum of programs emphasizes improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of oncology practice. Programs include: Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology, Treatment Guidelines for Patients, Oncology Outcomes Database, Clinical Trials Network, educational conferences and symposia for clinicians, the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and collaborations with managed care organizations.

For more information, visit http://www.nccn.org.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 17 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States.

For more information anytime, call toll free 800/ACS-2345 or visit http://www.cancer.org.

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CONTACT:

NCCN

Kim Schwalje, 215/728-5505

or

American Cancer Society

Eric Miller, 404/417-5839

NEW CANCER SUPPORT RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN SPANISH