This guideline covers best practice in developing and delivering cancer services for adults. It aims to ensure that people with cancer, and their families and carers, are well informed, cared for and supported from before formal diagnosis onward.

NICE has also produced guidelines on end of life care for adults: service delivery and care of dying adults in the last days of life.


The guideline includes recommendations on:

  • patient and carer involvement
  • psychological, social and spiritual support services
  • general and specialist palliative care services
  • rehabilitation services
  • complementary therapy services
  • services for families and carers
  • workforce development

Who is it for?

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Commissioners and providers
  • People with cancer, their families and carers

Guideline development process

How we develop NICE guidelines