Breast cancer (advanced) (CG81)
Fast, easy summary view of NICE guidance on 'advanced breast cancer'
Specific, concise statements that act as markers of high-quality, cost-effective patient care
This guidance updates and replaces NICE technology appraisal 62 (published May 2003), NICE technology appraisal 54 (published December 2002) and NICE technology appraisal 30 (published September 2001).
The advice in the NICE guideline describes the tests, treatment, care and support that patients with advanced breast cancer should be offered.
It does not specifically describe the care of patients with early breast cancer or those with rare or non-cancerous tumours of the breast.
- CG81 Advanced breast cancer: evidence review
- CG81 Advanced breast cancer: needs assessment
- CG81 Breast cancer (advanced): NICE guideline (web format)
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: advanced breast cancer
This page was last updated: 13 February 2014
- Web format
- Quick reference guide (PDF)
- NICE Guideline (PDF)
- Full Guideline (PDF)
- CG81 Canser datblygedig y fron: deall canllawiau NICE (fformat MS Word)
Information for the public
Consultation on review proposal with stakeholders: 13 February 2012 - 27 February 2012
Review decision date: March 2012
Following an additional review NICE surveillance programme identified new literature focusing on the safety and benefit of exercise for breast cancer-related lymphoedema.
This guideline is currently being updated. Further information can be found on the Advanced Breast Cancer (update) page.
Implementation tools and resources
- Audit support
- Costing report
- Costing template
- Guide to resources
- Slide set
- Online learning tool: Suspected breast cancer - when you should refer
See this guidance in practice
The summary of the key recommendations in the guidance written for patients, carers and those with little medical knowledge and may be used in local patient information leaflets.
Quick Reference Guide
The quick reference guide presents recommendations for health professionals
The published NICE clinical guideline, contains the recommendations for health professionals and NHS bodies.
The published full clinical guideline for specialists with background, evidence, recommendations and methods used.