The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence NICE has today published new draft recommendations for the diagnosis and management of early and locally advanced breast cancer. Early breast cancer is diagnosed when the cancer is only found in the breast and the lymph nodes nearby most often under the armand has not spread to other parts of the body, where it unfortunately becomes incurable. The draft guidelinewhich is open for public consultation until 6 March, offers a number of key updates on previous clinical recommendations published in
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This topic covers the recognition and referral of suspected cancer. No changes have been made to the recommendations. Issued in July Issued in September
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This guideline covers care and support for people with advanced stage 4 breast cancer. It aims to help them and their healthcare professionals make shared decisions about tests and treatments to improve outcomes and quality of life. This guideline covers diagnosing and managing early and locally advanced breast cancer.
People have the right to be involved in discussions and make informed decisions about their care, as described in your care. However, no discrimination is intended and recommendations relate to all those who have early or locally advanced breast cancer. Making decisions using NICE guidelines explains how we use words to show the strength or certainty of our recommendations, for example, we use 'offer' to reflect a strong recommendation, usually where there is clear evidence of benefit and we use 'consider' to reflect a recommendation for which the evidence of benefit is less certain.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the second most common cause of death from cancer in women in the United Kingdom. Each year in the UK more than 12 women and 70 men will die from advanced breast cancer having lived with this condition for an average of two to three years before death. Clinical practice and availability of certain treatments and procedures are known to vary across the UK. This article summarises the most recent recommendations from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence NICE on the diagnosis and treatment of advanced breast cancer.