Review decision: November 2015
We checked this guideline and decided that it should be updated at this time. For details, see the update decision, decision matrix and the process for deciding if an update is needed. Details of the update will be available on the guidelines in development webpage in due course. This guideline will be checked again for update at its scheduled time point according to the methods described here.
Next review date: 2017
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.
This guideline was previously called advanced breast cancer (update): diagnosis and treatment.
The addendum to NICE clinical guideline 81 has added recommendations on exercise in people with or at risk of breast-cancer-related lymphoedema to section 1.5 of the NICE guideline. The addendum also contains details of the methods and evidence used to update these recommendations. The recommendations in exercise in lymphoedema are also relevant for people with early or locally advanced breast cancer.