The "Standards, Options and Recommendations" (SOR) project, started in 1993, is a collaboration between the Federation of French Cancer Centers (FNCLCC), the 20 French cancer centers and specialists from French public university and general hospitals and private clinics. Its main objective is the development of clinical practice guidelines to improve the quality of health care and outcome for cancer patients. The methodology is based on literature review and critical appraisal by a multidisciplinary group of experts, with feedback from specialists in cancer care delivery. To develop, according to the definitions of the Standards, Options and Recommendations, clinical practice guidelines for the management of non small cell lung carcinoma patients. Data were identified by searching Medline and the personal reference lists of members of the expert groups, then submitted for review to independent reviewers. This is a short version of the SOR guideline covering diagnosis, treatment and follow-up and includes the algorithms for the management of patients with non-small cell lung cancer.