NICE has issued guidance on the organisation of healthcare for people with haematological cancers (cancers of blood cells). It recommends which healthcare professionals should be involved in treatment and care, and the facilities such as hospitals best suited to provide that healthcare.

The key recommendations are:

  • People should be treated by a multidisciplinary team
  • A multidisciplinary team should include a clinical nurse specialist and a palliative care specialist
  • Each diagnosis of haematological cancer should be reviewed by experts
  • People with neck lumps should have rapid access to diagnostic services
  • Complex chemotherapy for acute leukaemia should be carried out by specialist teams
  • High-dose therapy and transplantation should be carried out in accredited centres

Review decision date: June 2014

Review decision: Following the recent surveillance review decision, a standard update of this guideline will be scheduled into the work programme. Details of the update will be available on the guidelines in development webpage

Next review date: September 2019