Newswise — FORT WASHINGTON, PA [October 25, 2017] — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) announces today that their registration count has grown to more than one million users. By registering on the NCCN website, users are able to view and download all of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) free of charge for non-commercial use. According to the latest count, the number of registered users has grown to 1,013,449.

“It’s the human story behind these numbers that really matters,” explained Robert W. Carlson, MD, NCCN Chief Executive Officer. “This milestone speaks to the relevance and influence of the NCCN Guidelines. We now have more than one million people who have free access to the most up-to-date, evidence-based standards for the treatment of nearly every type of cancer.”

NCCN Guidelines have been downloaded approximately 50 million times since 2006, with the annual download rate doubling over the past five years. In order to keep up with user habits and facilitate easy access, NCCN Guidelines are available not only through, but also via the Virtual Library of NCCN Guidelines mobile app for smartphones and tablets, which launched in December 2013. In 2017, so far, mobile downloads have accounted for more than 1.6 million additional Guidelines downloads.

NCCN’s efforts to increase accessibility also include the translation of NCCN Content into 15 different languages, as well as resource-stratified guidelines tailored to low- and mid- resource regions throughout the world. International adaptations and translations of NCCN Guidelines have been downloaded more than 60,000 times, worldwide.

NCCN has long insisted that “where you live shouldn’t determine whether you live.” That motto has helped spur the organization’s work toward making the Guidelines even more accessible for people in developing countries. Among other projects, NCCN is currently working with the American Cancer Society (ACS), Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), IBM, and the African Cancer Coalition to create cancer care resources for use in Africa. The initial versions of NCCN’s new guidelines for Africa will be released at the upcoming African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) conference in Kigali, Rwanda this November. They focus on strategies for optimizing cancer care under a variety of circumstances and resource levels.

“From the 500,000 registered users in the United States to the five in Togo, we are honored to play a part in upholding NCCN’s mission to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives,” said Dr. Carlson.

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About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 27 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.

The NCCN Member Institutions are: Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, Omaha, NE; Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland, OH; City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA; Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center | Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, MA; Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, NC; Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA; Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA; The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD; Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ, Jacksonville, FL, and Rochester, MN; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL; The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Columbus, OH; Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY; Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN; Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, CA; University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center, Birmingham, AL; UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla, CA; UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco, CA; University of Colorado Cancer Center, Aurora, CO; University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor, MI; The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, Madison, WI; Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN; and Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital, New Haven, CT.

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