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Clinical Practice Guidelines: Highlights:
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
As the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who treat people with cancer, ASCO has developed the following CRC guidelines.

Colorectal Cancer Surveillance: 2005 Update of an American Society of Clinical Oncology Practice Guideline, available at: http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/23/33/8512.full

American Society of Clinical Oncology Recommendations on Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Stage II Colon Cancer, available at: http://www.asco.org/ASCOv2/Practice+%26+Guidelines/Guidelines/Clinical+Practice+Guidelines/American+Society+of+Clinical+Oncology+Recommendations+on+Adjuvant+Chemotherapy+for+Stage+II+Colon+Cancer

American Society of Clinical Oncology Recommendations for the Use of Tumor Markers in Gastrointestinal Cancer, 2006 Update, available full text at http://www.jco.org/cgi/reprint/JCO.2006.08.2644v1.pdf

American Society of Clinical Oncology Provisional Clinical Opinion: Testing for KRAS Mutations in Patients with Metastatic Colorectal Carcinoma. (2009). Full text available at http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/27/12/2091.full.pdf
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
NCCN published evidence-based guidelines for the management of colon, rectal and anal cancers. NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines® are updated several times annually. Free registration is required to access NCCN clinical guidelines.

Colon cancer guidelines can be accessed at http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/PDF/colon.pdf

Rectal cancer guidelines can be accessed at http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/PDF/rectal.pdf

Anal cancer guidelines can be accessed at http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/PDF/anal.pdf
ASCO-ONS Chemotherapy Safety Standards
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) collaborated to develop the first national standards for the safe administration of chemotherapy drugs, focused on the adult population in the ambulatory setting. Background on the collaborative venture is available at http://www.ons.org/CNECentral/Chemo/Standards The standards were published in the November 2009 issues of both the Oncology Nursing Forum and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Free, full text of the article from the Oncology Nursing Forum is available at http://www.ons.org/CNECentral/Chemo/media/ons/docs/education/ascoonsguidelines.pdf
ASCO/ASH Guideline on the Use of ESAs in Patients with Cancer
American Society of Clinical Oncology. American Society of Clinical Oncology/American Society of Hematology Clinical Practice Guideline 2010 Update on the Use of Epoetin and Darbepoetin in Adult Patients with Cancer. Toolbox. Available at http://www.asco.org/guidelines/esa

American Society of Hematology. Guidelines: Use of ESAs in Patients with Cancer. (2010). Available at http://www.hematology.org/Practice/Guidelines/2934.aspx
Patient CRC Classroom

Please feel free to download, print and distribute these patient guides on CRC, cancer treatment and symptom management to your patients

ONS PEP Quick Reference Tools
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Putting Evidence Into Practice® (PEP) resources identify and categorize evidence for nurse-sensitive interventions. Effective January 2010, 1-page downloadable quick reference guides to each of the 16 PEP content areas are available for free download from the ONS Web site. To access the Quick Guides, link to http://ons.org/Research/PEP/Topics, choose a PEP® topic from the list in the left column and then click on the link to the Quick View Resource.
7th Edition AJCC Cancer Staging Manual

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) released the 7th Edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual in October 2009; use of the new staging criteria went into effect on January 1, 2010. Information on the 7th Edition, including links to order the manual, is available on the AJCC Web site at http://www.cancerstaging.org/  Errata (corrections) to the 7th Edition AJCC Cancer Staging Manual are available at http://www.cancerstaging.org/products/errata.html

A compendium of teaching media to familiarize clinicians with cancer staging in general, and the 7th Edition changes in particular, is available through the AJCC Web site at http://www.cancerstaging.org/staging/index.html