National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is a not-for-profit alliance of 33 national leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education. NCCN is dedicated to improving and facilitating quality, effective, equitable, and accessible cancer care so all patients can live better lives. NCCN publishes best practice guidelines for clinicians and comprehensive information about treatment and surgical options for patients.
GPAC is honored to be listed as a resource on the NCCN Patient Resource Page for Advocacy and Support Groups. Working together with esteemed organizations such as NCCN will help to ensure that all patients are being provided with the best care possible.
In 2022, GPAC partnered with NCCN to update clinical guidelines and patient guidelines for breast cancer. The new guidelines include specific language to include "flat closure" as a surgical option after mastectomy. Previously, the guidelines only mentioned breast reconstruction options after mastectomy, but studies show that around half of breast cancer patients are choosing to go flat after single or double mastectomy. Further, current research shows that women who choose to rebuild their breasts have no advantage in quality of life, body image, and sexuality over those who choose to go flat.1
Advocates at GPAC are grateful for our partnership with NCCN to improve patient outcomes. Check us out on the NCCN website.