"The American Society of Clinical Oncology has released three new evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the prevention and management of symptoms that affect cancer survivors: neuropathy, fatigue and depression, and anxiety. The Society notes that these are the first three in a planned series of guidelines on survivorship care, and all are now available online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (specific citations below).
The topics came from a comprehensive list of many topics in cancer survivorship care, which was developed by the ASCO Survivorship Guideline Advisory Group, Gary Lyman, MD, MPH, FASCO, FRCP(Edin), Co-Chair of that committee, explained via email. The topics were then ranked in terms of importance and need in a survey, which included experts on the Guideline Advisory Committee and others.
“These three topics were at the top of the list and were considered a good starting point for developing what will become a large ASCO portfolio of survivorship guidelines,” he said, adding that he was not able to say when future guidelines would be released, but they are in the works. Lyman also serves as Co-Director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research in the Public Health Sciences and Clinical Research Divisions at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, as well as Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology at the University of Washington School of Medicine."