2 Notes on the scope of the guidance

2 Notes on the scope of the guidance

NICE guidelines are developed in accordance with a scope that defines what the guideline will and will not cover. The scope of this guideline is available.

Groups that will be covered:

  • Adults with metastatic spinal disease at risk of developing metastatic spinal cord compression.

  • Adults with suspected and diagnosed spinal cord and nerve root compression due to metastatic malignant disease.

  • Adults with primary malignant tumours (for example, lung cancer, mesothelioma or plasmacytoma) and direct infiltration that threatens spinal cord function.

Groups that will not be covered:

  • Adults with spinal cord compression due to primary tumours of the spinal cord and meninges.

  • Adults with spinal cord compression due to non-malignant causes.

  • Adults with nerve root tumours compressing the spinal cord.

  • Children.

How this guideline was developed

NICE commissioned the National Collaborating Centre for Cancer to develop this guideline. The Centre established a Guideline Development Group (see appendix A), which reviewed the evidence and developed the recommendations. An independent Guideline Review Panel oversaw the development of the guideline (see appendix B).

There is more information about how NICE clinical guidelines are developed on the NICE website. A booklet, 'How NICE clinical guidelines are developed: an overview for stakeholders, the public and the NHS' is available.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)