The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on photodynamic therapy for advanced bronchial carcinoma.
This procedure is used to treat inoperable non-small cell lung cancer.
Photodynamic therapy of bronchial carcinoma is a minimally invasive treatment, involving intravenous injection of a photosensitising agent, followed a few days later by photoradiation to the affected area through a bronchoscope. This is intended to reduce the bulk of the tumour, thereby reducing symptoms caused by bronchial obstruction.
Alternative treatments include debulking with biopsy forceps, radiotherapy and laser resection.
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.