NICE has recommended that capecitabine or tegafur with uracil (and folinic acid), to be taken by mouth, should be among the first options considered for a person with metastatic colorectal cancer. The choice about which medicine to take should be made jointly by the patient and his or her doctor, and the patient should be informed about the options and the differences between the medicines so that he or she can be fully involved in the decision.

NICE also noted that the use of capecitabine and tegafur with uracil should be overseen by doctors specialising in the use of medicines for colorectal cancer.

In April 2006, following consultation, the Institute decided to make this guidance 'static.' This means that the guidance remains in force and has no scheduled review date. See the review decision, under 'Background information', for further details.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guidance represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, health professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients. The application of the recommendations in this guidance is at the discretion of health professionals and their individual patients and do 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.

Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to provide the funding required to enable the guidance to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients wish to use it, in accordance with the NHS Constitution. They should do so 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.