Clinical Guidelines Network


Cancer Council Australia aims to produce concise, clinically relevant and up-to-date electronic clinical practice guidelines for health professionals and is the core activity of the Clinical Guidelines Network. Its custom designed, collaborative Cancer Guidelines Wiki platform (wiki.cancer.org.au) facilitates the guideline development and revision processes.

New guidelines in development

Clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of Barrett’s oesophagus and mucosal neoplasia
Working party authors met to review and finalise the draft guidelines on the Cancer Guidelines Wiki for release for public consultation in May. Relevant organisations, experts and interested parties were consulted. The final guidelines should be established and launched as online guidelines later this year.

Clinical practice guidelines for PSA testing and management of test-detected prostate cancer 
These guidelines are undergoing systematic literature review. Cancer Council Australia, together with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, are planning to release the draft guidelines for public consultation at the UICC World Congress in December 2014.

Guidelines under revision

Clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and management of lung cancer
The prevention and diagnosis section of the 2004 guidelines is planned for revision and will be updated as online guidelines on the Cancer Guidelines Wiki this year. 

The Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines Working Party has developed topic groups, key clinical questions and search strategies.

Clinical practice guidelines for the management of melanoma
Planning for the revision of the 2008 melanoma guidelines began earlier this year with the guideline scope focusing on treatment of melanoma (including diagnosis and follow-up). 

The literature review is to be informed by the German S3 Melanoma Guidelines, which Cancer Council Australia is looking to adapt for this revision.

Completed guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines for the management of adult onset sarcoma
These recently launched guidelines are designed to be used as a resource for the sarcoma community, both clinicians and consumers, and to help to assist in identifying priority research areas. Paediatric and gynaecological topics will be considered for inclusion in future iterations.

The working party will meet in November to review any changes made following literature updates since the development of the guidelines.

Clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and management of lung cancer
These guidelines focus on the revision of the treatment section of the 2004 guidelines, comprising management of non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer topics.  

Clinical practice guidelines for the treatment and management of endometrial cancer
These guidelines focus on the management and treatment of apparent early stage low risk and high risk endometrial cancer. 

Additional resources

Algorithms for colonoscopic surveillance intervals in adenoma follow-up; following curative resection of colorectal cancer, and for colorectal cancer screening (family history)

Algorithms based on the Clinical practice guidelines for surveillance colonoscopy and the Clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, early detection and management of colorectal cancer have been developed and reviewed. 

The algorithms are now available on the Cancer Guidelines Wiki to accompany the clinical practice guidelines as a derivative resource for health professionals working in this specialty area.

  • Algorithm for Colonoscopic Surveillance Intervals – adenomas  
  • Algorithm for Colonoscopic Surveillance Intervals – following surgery for colorectal cancer
  • Algorithm for Colorectal Cancer Screening – family history

An algorithm for colonoscopic surveillance intervals in inflammatory bowel disease is being planned.

For more information regarding clinical practice guidelines contact the Clinical Guidelines Network Manager on 02 8063 4100.

Clinical practice guidelines can also be accessed from Cancer Council Australia’s website at cancer.org.au/clinicalguidelines

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