The need for guidelines in managing gynecologic cancer is addressed in the first part of this article. Second, the guideline development process that enables the practitioner to judge the validity and usefulness of proffered guidelines is detailed. An important element in this discussion is an exploration of the shortcomings, either real or perceived, of the process. The last section focuses on issues relating to the implementation of guidelines and some of the obstacles that one may encounter as the programs evolve.
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