The guidelines are based on clinical impact, feasibility, potential for improvement, reliability, scientific acceptability and usefulness.
They include post-operative chemotherapy recommendations for people ages 80 and younger; hormonal therapy recommendations for people with tumors one centimeter or larger; and breast radiation therapy recommendations for women ages 70 or younger (CQ Today, 8/17).
According to the guidelines, the recommendations -- three breast cancer-related, two rectal cancer-related, one colon cancer-related and one colorectal cancer-related -- continually will be tested by the organizations and will be updated to reflect the findings of such tests (ASCO/NCCN, "ASCO/NCCN Quality Measures: Breast and Colorectal Cancers," 8/15).
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