Recommendation ID

Systemic imaging – who and why?:- What factors determine the risk of a person presenting with CUADT having metastasis or a second primary cancer?

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- Outcomes of interest include prevalence, predictive value and how the abnormalities identified influence patient management. The presence of metastasis or a synchronous second primary cancer at presentation is rare in patients with CUADT. Subgroups of patients have been identified in whom the risk is clearly elevated. However, it is not clear at which level of risk detailed staging investigations are justified and the impact the results of these would have on decision making by
the clinicians and the patient. Health economic modelling is needed to inform this process.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract: assessment and management in people aged 16 and over
Date issued
February 2016

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 29/02/2016