What Are Clinical Practice Guidelines and How Do They Impact Care for People With Cancer?

May 27, 2022
Brielle Gregory Collins, ASCO staff

Clinical practice guidelines are created to help guide doctors in making diagnostic and treatment recommendations for their patients. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) creates clinical practice guidelines for oncologists that include recommendations for caring for people with cancer.

In this podcast, Jeffrey Meyerhardt, MD, MPH, FASCO, and Scott Tagawa, MD, MS, FACP, discuss what people with cancer should know about clinical practice guidelines, including what they are, how they’re developed, and how they can impact their care.

  • What are clinical practice guidelines? [2:00]

  • How can guidelines impact care for people with cancer? [3:03]

  • What is the guideline development process? [4:00]

  • What role do clinical trials play in guideline development? [7:50]

  • What happens if new research comes out after a guideline has been published? [9:52]

  • What changes or advances do you see developing in clinical practice guidelines? [10:57]

Dr. Meyerhardt is the Douglas Gray Woodruff Chair in Colorectal Cancer Research, Clinical Director, and Senior Physician at the Gastrointestinal Cancer Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also the 2022 Cancer.Net Associate Editor for Gastrointestinal Cancers. Dr. Tagawa is a Professor of Medicine and Urology and the Medical Director of the Genitourinary Oncology Research Program at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, New York. He is also the chair of ASCO’s Evidence Based Medicine Committee, which works to create clinical practice guidelines.

Dr. Meyerhardt’s disclosure information can be found in his biography linked to above. View Dr. Tagawa’s disclosures.

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