SOURCE: National Comprehensive Cancer Network

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

March 19, 2015 00:00 ET

NCCN and ECO Collaborate to Translate and Regionally Adapt NCCN Guidelines

FORT WASHINGTON, PA--(Marketwired - March 19, 2015) - The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is collaborating with Foundation for Excellence and Quality in Oncology (ECO) to publish Spanish translations of NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®), as well as regional adaptions for Spain.

NCCN Guidelines® for the following diseases will be translated into Spanish and adapted: Breast, Colorectal, Non-Small Cell Lung (NSCLC), and Prostate Cancers and Melanoma, beginning with NSCLC for use in Spain.

ECO is a leading association in Spain, formed by medical oncologists, with the commitment of improving quality care for cancer patients, promoting excellence in clinical assistance, investigation, and training. 

"The collaboration with ECO will significantly impact patient care and remedy an unmet need for oncologists and other clinicians in Spain and other Spanish-speaking regions," said Robert W. Carlson, MD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN.

Additionally, NCCN will collaborate with ECO to translate non-CE NCCN educational content for the NCCN International Educational Activities Program (NCCN IEAP), which recognizes ex-U.S. physicians who demonstrate an understanding of the Guidelines through successful completion of required educational content hours.

"ECO and NCCN share many principles and values, and this agreement will help to improve quality care for Spanish cancer patients through the translation and regional adaptation of clinical guidelines," said Carlos Camps, MD, President, ECO Foundation.

NCCN develops and maintains 61 NCCN Guidelines and more than 70 adaptations and translations in 13 languages that allow for consideration of metabolic differences in populations, local accessibility, and regulatory status of regimens used in specific global regions.

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About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 26 of the world's leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education, is dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system. As the arbiter of high-quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers.

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