Practice Guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines serve as a guide for doctors and outline appropriate methods of treatment and care. Guidelines can address specific clinical situations (disease-oriented) or use of approved medical products, procedures, or tests (modality-oriented). Using the best available evidence, ASCO expert panels identify and develop practice recommendations for specific areas of cancer care that would benefit from the availability of practice guidelines. Topics for guidelines are selected on the basis of significant clinical or economic importance; presence of variations in patterns of, or access to, care; availability of suitable data; and ethical considerations.

To raise awareness of its evidence-based recommendations on cancer care, ASCO has created the Practice Guidelines Implementation Network (PGIN) network of representative members of oncology practice teams including oncologists, oncology nurses (members of ONS), hematology/oncology pharmacists (members of HOPA), and oncology practice managers. The network members accomplish this through participation in development and dissemination of ASCO Clinical Practice Guidelines and associated Clinical Tools and Resources, with the goal of assisting practices to increase the quality of oncology care, including facilitating shared decision-making with people with cancer and their caregivers.

To comment on published guidelines or provide new evidence, visit the ASCO Guidelines Wiki. Visit our Recently Published Guidelines page to view our new and updated guidelines from 2014 and 2015.

The Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee (CPGC) is charged with the responsibility of approving topics on behalf of the ASCO Board of Directors. Guideline Advisory Groups (AGs) make recommendations to the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee (CPGC) on identifying and prioritizing topics for guideline development. This is with the goal of ASCO offering a more comprehensive portfolio of authoritative practice guidelines. Annually, ASCO will review guideline topic proposals from ASCO members. Each spring, a survey will be launched to provide members with an opportunity to submit topics for guideline development. After the survey closes, member-suggested topics will be provided to the appropriate Guideline Advisory Group (GAG) for review during their annual priority setting process. To submit a topic, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ascoguidelinesurvey

 Guidelines containing this symbol indicate an associated QOPI® Measure.

Guidelines

Breast Cancer

Chemo- and Targeted Therapy for Women with HER2 Negative (or unknown) Advanced Breast Cancer: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline 
October 10, 2014

Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy for Women With Hormone Receptor–Positive Breast Cancer: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Focused Update 
May 27, 2014

Systemic Therapy for Patients With Advanced Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2–Positive Breast Cancer: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline 
July 1, 2014

Recommendations on Disease Management for Patients With Advanced Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2–Positive Breast Cancer and Brain Metastases: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline 
July 1, 2014

Margins for Breast-Conserving Surgery With Whole-Breast Irradiation in Stage I and II Invasive Breast Cancer: American Society of Clinical Oncology Endorsement of the Society of Surgical Oncology/American Society for Radiation Oncology Consensus Guideline 
May 10, 2014

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Patients With Early-Stage Breast Cancer: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Update 
May 1, 2014

Recommendations for Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 Testing in Breast Cancer: American Society of Clinical Oncology/College of American Pathologists Clinical Practice Guideline Update 
November 1, 2013

Use of Pharmacologic Interventions for Breast Cancer Risk Reduction: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline 
July 8, 2013

Breast Cancer Follow-Up and Management After Primary Treatment: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Update 
November 5, 2012

ASCO Endorsement of the CCO Practice Guideline on Adjuvant Ovarian Ablation in the Treatment of Premenopausal Women with Early Stage Invasive Breast Cancer 
September 6, 2011

ASCO Clinical Practice Guideline Update on the Role of Bone-Modifying Agents in Metastatic Breast Cancer 
March 20, 2011

ASCO-CAP Guideline Recommendations for Immunohistochemical Testing of Estrogen and Progesterone Receptors in Breast Cancer 
June 1, 2010

American Society of Clinical Oncology 2007 Update of Recommendations for the Use of Tumor Markers in Breast Cancer 
November 20, 2007

Postmastectomy Radiotherapy: Clinical Practice Guidelines of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 
March 1, 2001

 

Supportive Care & Treatment-Related Issues

Hepatitis B Virus Screening for Patients With Cancer Before Therapy: American Society of Clinical Oncology Provisional Clinical Opinion Update 
May 11, 2015

Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis and Treatment in Patients with Cancer: American Society of Clinical Oncology Practice Guideline Update 
January 20, 2015

Central Venous Catheter Care for the Patient With Cancer: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline 
April 1, 2013

Antimicrobial Prophylaxis and Outpatient Management of Fever and Neutropenia in Adults Treated for Malignancy: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline 
February 20, 2013

American Society of Clinical Oncology Endorsement: Guideline for the Management of Fever and Neutropenia in Children with Cancer and or Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation 
January 14, 2013

Appropriate Chemotherapy Dosing for Obese Adult Patients With Cancer: ASCO Practice Guideline 
May 1, 2012

Antiemetics: ASCO Clinical Practice Guideline Update 

November 1, 2011

ASCO-ASH Clinical Practice Guideline Update on the Use of Epoetin and Darbepoetin in Adult Patients With Cancer 
November 20, 2010

ASCO Clinical Practice Guideline Update: Use of Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy Protectants 
January 1, 2009

ASCO 2006 Update of Recommendations for the Use of White Blood Cell Growth Factors: An Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline 
July 1, 2006

Platelet Transfusion for Patients With Cancer: Clinical Practice Guidelines of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 
December 22, 2000