RELEASE: New and Updated Resources to Guide Cancer Care in the MENA Region

- New and updated resources published to help guide cancer care in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

RELEASE: New and Updated Resources to Guide Cancer Care in the MENA Region

- New and updated resources published to help guide cancer care in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

National Comprehensive Cancer Network Expands Materials Tailored to the MENA Region to Help Improve Patient Outcomes by Standardizing Local Cancer Care; includes a new adaptation focused on genetic/familial cancer risk as well as care for ovarian/fallopian tube/primary peritoneal cancers

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Aug. 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), an alliance of leading cancer centers, announced today that a library of resources has been updated and expanded to improve cancer care in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in collaboration with regional experts. The US-based nonprofit has worked with King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, since 2015 to standardize cancer treatment based on the latest evidence and expert consensus, as part of the Regional Coordinating Center MENA-NCCN. His efforts have led to the publication of 12 new and updated guidelines covering various cancer presentations.

View new and updated international adaptations of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN® Guidelines) MENA Editions at

MENA editions of the NCCN® guidelines now include updated adaptations for:

The guidelines offer color-coded information for health care providers on how to care for people with cancer. Black text represents current global recommendations, while italicized blue text indicates appropriate and feasible regional modifications, as determined by country experts. Approaches that are currently not feasible are marked with gray strikethrough text.

"Cancer care for people in the Middle East and North Africa must follow internationally recognized gold standards for clinical direction and policy," explained Kanan Mamdouh Alshammari, MD, Department of Oncology, King Abdulaziz Medical City - Central Region , Ministry of National Guard, Saudi Arabia, Director of the MENA-NCCN Regional Coordination Center. "Numerous studies have shown how standardization of care results in better outcomes and more efficient use of resources. These adapted guidelines will allow our local care providers to have access to peer-reviewed information on the latest research, while keeping in mind account your specific circumstances.

"We are always grateful for the opportunity to share knowledge with cancer care experts from around the world, which allows us to provide accessible and personalized information to improve cancer outcomes in different regions," said Robert W. Carlson, MD and Counselor. NCCN delegate. "Our colleagues at the MENA-NCCN Regional Focal Point collaborated with us to address the growing need for genetic testing guidance in the Middle East and North Africa as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to the best evidence-based cancer care available.

The NCCN Global Program offers many free international adaptations, including the European editions of the NCCN Guidelines for Spain and Poland. The NCCN Framework for Resource Stratification (NCCN Framework™) and the NCCN Harmonized Guidelines™ provide pragmatic approaches to defining appropriate treatment at different resource levels, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. NCCN resources have been translated into nearly 70 different languages. Learn more at

About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® ( NCCN®) is a nonprofit alliance of leading cancer centers dedicated to patient care, research, and education. NCCN is dedicated to improving and facilitating quality, effective, equitable and accessible cancer care so that all patients can live better lives. The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN® Guidelines) provide transparent, evidence-based, and expert-consensus recommendations for cancer treatment, prevention, and support services; They are the recognized standard for clinical direction and policy in the management of cancer and the most comprehensive and up-to-date clinical practice guidelines available in any area of ​​medicine. The NCCN Guidelines for Patients® provide expert information on cancer treatment to inform and empower patients and caregivers, through the support of the NCCN® Foundation. NCCN also promotes continuing education, global initiatives, policy, and research collaboration and publishing in oncology. Visit for more information.

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