The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on IRE for treating primary lung cancer and metastases in the lung.
Cancer that starts in the lungs is called primary lung cancer. When cancer has spread from other parts of the body to the lung the tumours are called lung metastases. Irreversible electroporation is a process that uses electrical pulses to kill cancer cells. They are applied directly to the tumour through special needles. The main difference between this procedure and thermal techniques for destroying tumours is that it does not produce extreme heat or cold.
E59.8 Other specified other operations on lung
Y12.3 Electrochemotherapy to lesion of organ NOC
Y53.- Approach to organ under image control
In addition a code from the ICD-10 category C34 Malignant neoplasm of bronchus and lung or the ICD-10 code C78.0 Secondary malignant neoplasm of lung is assigned.
The NHS Classifications Service has advised NICE that currently these are the most suitable OPCS-4 codes to describe this procedure. The OPCS-4 classification is designed to categorise procedures for analysis and it is not always possible to identify a procedure uniquely.
This guidance represents the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, healthcare professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account. However, the guidance does not override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.
Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to implement the guidance, in their local context, in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations. Nothing in this guidance 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.