OncCharts.com and NCCN signed a license agreement allowing the OncCharts.com customer base to compare its treatment timelines step-by-step with the NCCN Guidelines for Patients™.
Oncologists created OncCharts.com as an online tool that allows patients access to cases similar to their own at hospitals across the country. The goal is to provide transparency of how different institutions treat similar patients. This allows users to understand their full range of potential cancer treatment options to discuss with their oncologist.
Designed with an easy-to-use interface, the OncCharts.com tool allows users to not only search for similar cases, but also compare them side-by-side, alerting the user of any differences. The user can also connect with patients who had similar cases through a private anonymous messaging forum, and instantly share their progress with friends and loved ones. Overall, patients and survivors will find the OncCharts.com tool to be an invaluable resource in combating their cancer.
According to Dr. Charles Matthews, OncCharts.com's founder, "This is an important step in our company's evolution. Our customers will see how deeply we are committed to providing the most useful and effective online tool in the cancer care industry. We are excited to be a part of such a prestigious group."
NCCN is a not-for-profit alliance of 21 of the world's leading cancer centers dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer. Member Institutions include: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins; Stanford Cancer Institute; and UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. The NCCN Clincial Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) the recognized standard for clinical policy in oncology - are the most comprehensive and most frequently updated clinical practice guidelines available in any area of medicine.
Covering 97 percent of all patients with cancer, NCCN Guidelines are developed through an explicit review of evidence integrated with expert medical judgment and recommendations by multidisciplinary panels from NCCN Member Institutions. NCCN Guidelines have become the most widely used guidelines in oncology practice, and are requested by cancer care professionals in more than 115 countries.
Created by oncologists, OncCharts is a simple tool that protects patients by enabling them to evaluate their cancer care as it happens. OncCharts.com offers all patients and their loved ones accurate and unbiased access to cases similar in nature to their own across the country. A portion of the company's proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society and other deserving organizations. OncCharts.com will be live in late June, but users can visit the site now. For more information about OncCharts, please visit OncCharts.com.
About The National Comprehensive Cancer Network
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 21 of the world's leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care industry. The primary goal of all NCCN initiatives is to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of oncology practices so patients can live better lives.
For more information, visit NCCN.org. NCCN Member Institutions are:
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Duke Cancer Institute
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/University of Tennessee Cancer Institute
Stanford Cancer Institute
University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
UNMC Eppley Cancer Center at The Nebraska Medical Center
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center