This guideline covers integrated diagnostic reporting for diagnosing haematological cancer in adults, young people and children. It also covers staffing, facilities (levels of care) and multidisciplinary teams needed for adults and young people. It aims to improve care for people with suspected or diagnosed cancer by promoting best practice on the organisation of haematological cancer services.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- integrated diagnostic reporting
- isolation facilities
- ambulatory care
- multidisciplinary teams
Who is it for?
- All healthcare professionals that provide diagnostic and treatment services to adults, young people and children with suspected or diagnosed haematological cancer, including clinical and scientific staff in secondary care.
- All healthcare professionals and scientific staff in haematology wards, units, and specialist integrated haematological malignancy diagnostic services (SIHMDS).
- Commissioners of diagnostic and treatment services for haematological cancer.
- People with suspected or diagnosed haematological cancers, their families and carers.
Guidance development process
This guideline is an update of the NICE cancer service guidance on improving outcomes in haematological cancers (published October 2003).
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.
Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.