Conference Highlights NCCN
The financial nonsustainability of the healthcare system and the use of evidence-based guidelines to guide clinical practice are on a collision course, according to cancer experts who participated in a roundtable discussion on the economic issues affecting cancer care. The panel was held during the 15th annual conference of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). The discussion focused on the challenging question of how to pay for the increasingly costly care of cancer. The panel included payers, physicians, patient advocates, and industry experts.
PET Scans Not Recommended for Most Patients with Breast Cancer: Potential New Controversy in Breast Cancer Testing
According to the updated 2010 practice guidelines of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), the work-up of patients with early breast cancer should not include imaging by positron-emission tomography (PET) or by PET/computed tomography (CT) scanning. This updated guideline has implications for healthcare stakeholders, especially providers and health plans.
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