What is included in the NCCN guidelines for cancer survivorship?

Updated: Feb 28, 2018
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; more...
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The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has developed guidelines to provide a framework for general survivorship care, management of potential long-term and/or late effects of cancer and its treatment, and preventive healthcare. [13] The guidelines are divided into two main aspects, as follows:

  • Physical and psychosocial effects of cancer treatment
  • Preventive health and wellness after a diagnosis of cancer

The NCCN guidelines cover the following distinct psychosocial and physical effects of treatment [13] :

  • Cardiac toxicity
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Cognitive function
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Sexual function
  • Sleep disorders

The preventive health recommendations focus on the following topics [13] :

  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Immunizations and infections

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