The National Comprehensive Cancer Network®(NCCN®) aims to define and improve high-quality, high-value cancer care in Latin America.
NCCN has a large active presence in Latin America with more than 85,000 registered users and more than 500,000 NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) downloaded in 2018.
Portuguese and Spanish translations of NCCN Guidelines® are available on the International Adaptations & Translations page.
NCCN began collaborating with the Latin American Cooperative Oncology Group (LACOG) in 2010, resulting in the 2011 publication of NCCN Guidelines for Breast Cancer and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Latin American Editions, which were translated into Portuguese and Spanish. LACOG is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 by a group of Latin American medical oncologists interested in the development of academic clinical research. LACOG is the first multinational cooperative group in Latin America exclusively dedicated to clinical and translational research in cancer.
NCCN has also published a Latin American Edition of the NCCN Guidelines for Colon Cancer, Multiple Myeloma, Prostate Cancer, and Rectal Cancer on NCCN.org and the Virtual Library of NCCN Guidelines® app, available for iPhones and Android™ devices. These editions have been made available in Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish. The Latin American Edition of the NCCN Guidelines for Prostate Cancer is also published in English.
These Latin American Editions are the result of a three-year collaboration with LACOG to annually update and develop the NCCN Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Latin American Edition. NCCN faculty discussed with a multidisciplinary group of physicians from LACOG to adapt the NCCN Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Latin American Edition. During the discussion, attendees considered regional adaptations of the NCCN Guidelines for Prostate Cancer, which are necessary for effective utilization of the NCCN Guidelines in Latin America. LACOG representatives included physicians from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Peru. The latest version of the NCCN Guidelines for Prostate Cancer: Latín America Edition was posted in 2017.
Resulting from the 2nd Annual International Day at the NCCN Annual Conference in 2014, NCCN published a new Latin American Edition of the NCCN Guidelines for Multiple Myeloma in both Portuguese and Spanish. During the conference, hematologists from Latin America came to Hollywood, Florida to attend conference sessions and to meet with NCCN Guidelines Panel members and NCCN staff to discuss the consideration of a regional adaptation of the NCCN Guidelines for Multiple Myeloma necessary for effective utilization of the guidelines in the region.
In 2015, NCCN participated in two of the most renowned oncology congresses in Brazil. In September, Joan S. McClure, MS, Senior Vice President of Clinical Information and Publications, NCCN, traveled to Brasilia, Brazil to participate in the 20th Brazilian Oncology Congress, and Robert W. Carlson, MD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN, traveled to Iguazu Falls, Brazil to present at the Brazilian Oncology Society Congress in October. Each congress brought together thousands of national and international oncology professionals covering various areas of advancement in the treatment and management of cancer in Brazil.
In May 2018, NCCN embarked on a new collaboration with the Caribbean Association for Oncology & Hematology (CAOH). The nonprofit alliance of leading U.S. cancer centers announced plans to collaborate and develop a library of NCCN Harmonized Guidelines™ for the Caribbean during the CAOH Conference — Oncology: Charting a New Course for the Caribbean — in Trinidad and Tobago on May 12.
NCCN and members of CAOH are adapting the NCCN Guidelines to create the NCCN Harmonized Guidelines™ for the Caribbean. The archipelago that extends from the Bahamas in the north to Trinidad and Tobago in the south ranks among the highest regions in the world for cancer prevalence. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the Caribbean, and the rate of breast cancer deaths is currently twice that of the United States. NCCN Guidelines Panel Members participated in a working session with local oncologists to adapt existing NCCN Guidelines® and NCCN Framework™ in order to better reflect the diverse needs and resources throughout the Caribbean.
“This international partnership between CAOH and NCCN will enable doctors throughout the Caribbean to provide the best possible care for people with cancer,” said Marisa Nimrod, MD, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CAOH. “We look forward to creating a blueprint for improving treatment outcomes, and tailoring the available resources to meet the demands of structured, evidence-based cancer prevention and control. These guidelines will also help inform governmental policies in the future.”
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