The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has published the first of three guidelines for patients with head and neck cancers, focused on oral cavity cancers. The guidebook offers treatment explanations based on the recommendations from the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology used by clinicians, put into plain language with accompanying glossary and background.
The publication presents:
- Oral cancer basics, including staging.
- Treatment planning.
- Treatment options for early, advanced, and very advanced cancers.
- Making treatment decisions, with tips on how to choose the best treatment for each patient.
The publication also recommends enrollment in clinical trials whenever possible, and advocates asking questions and seeking second opinions.
The next two books in the head and neck series will cover oropharynx and nasopharynx cancers. The NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Thyroid Cancer already exists as a separate publication. All patient guidelines are available for free online or via app.