NICE has issued guidance on the organisation of healthcare for adults with head and neck cancers. The guidance recommends which healthcare professionals should be involved in treatment and care, and the types of hospital or cancer centre that are best suited to provide that healthcare.

The key recommendations are:

  • Cancer networks should decide which hospitals will diagnose, treat and care for patients
  • Multidisciplinary teams should be responsible for every patient
  • Clear systems should be in place for patients to be seen quickly by specialists
  • Support services should be available to all patients who need them
  • Local support teams should provide long-term support in the community
  • Information should be collected
  • More research should be done

This guideline will shortly be checked to see if it needs updating, please register as a stakeholder to be informed about the decision.

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Review decision date: June 2015

Review decision: We checked this guideline and decided that it should not be updated at this time and the guidance should be transferred to the static list. For details, see the update decision and the process for deciding if an update is needed.  Guidelines on the static list will remain extant and will be checked for the need for an update at 5-year intervals, or if new evidence emerges.

Next review date: June 2020