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NICE issues new breast cancer guidelines

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NICE has reworked its breast cancer guidelines in a bid to standardise care across England.

The institute has produced two guidelines – one for early cancer and the other for advanced cancer – to clarify best practice treatments and provide advice for patients. The clinical guideline supersedes earlier health technology appraisals on cancer treatments.

Under the new guidance, all suitable patients with early breast cancer are to be offered immediate reconstructive surgery after mastectomy.

NICE clinical and public health director professor Peter Littlejohns said: ‘These guidelines will raise the standard of care for patients with early breast cancer by providing comprehensive information for GPs, nurses and also for patients themselves.

‘By ensuring breast cancer patients have the information they need, it enables them to make better informed decisions about their care, improving their quality of life during and after treatment,’ he added.

A separate guideline for late breast cancer encourages health professionals to focus on "the whole patient, not just medical treatment", when treating people with advanced cancer.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer chief executive Jeremy Hughes said: 'These new clinical guidelines provide welcome clarity on which treatments and services breast cancer patients should typically receive, according to their needs.'

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