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Cancer treatment guidelines

Oncology is a complex and rapidly changing field. Clinical guidelines assist physicians and patients in choosing the most appropriate standard of care. These guidelines offer concise instructions on which diagnostic or screening tests to order, how to provide medical or surgical care, how long patients should stay in the hospital, or other details of conventional practice.


The European Society for Medical Oncology’s Clinical Practice Guidelines summarise standard treatments per cancer type prepared and reviewed by oncology experts. The ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines are designed to guide medical oncologists in the diagnosis, follow-up, and treatment of different cancer types and conditions.

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ESMO guides for patients

Patient guides based on ESMO’s Clinical Practice Guidelines are available (in several languages), and some have been developed in cooperation with the Anticancer Fund. They are designed to help patients evaluate treatment options and translate complex medical information into a language understandable to every patient.


The Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology are developed by the American National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). These guidelines are a recognized standard for cancer treatment. They are intended to assist all involved in the clinical decision-making process, including physicians, nurses, patients and their families, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care and outcomes.

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Let us help you with the guidelines

The Anticancer Fund gives personalised information to patients, through My Cancer Navigator. People with cancer or their relatives can contact us for relevant, detailed information about a specific cancer type or treatment. We can look up the guidelines for you and discuss them with you.