3 Further information

3.1 The Institute is developing clinical guidelines on early and advanced breast cancer [Now published as 'Breast cancer (early & locally advanced): diagnosis and treatment' and 'Advanced breast cancer: diagnosis and treatment'] and has published an update to the manual 'Improving outcomes in breast cancer'. The Institute has published interventional procedures guidance on interstitial laser therapy for breast cancer, low dose rate brachytherapy for localised prostate cancer, pre-operative high dose rate brachytherapy for rectal cancer, high dose rate brachytherapy for carcinoma of the cervix and high dose rate brachytherapy for prostate cancer.

Sources of evidence

The evidence considered by the Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee is described in the overview.

Information for patients

NICE has produced information describing its guidance on this procedure for patients and their carers ('Understanding NICE guidance'). It explains the nature of the procedure and the decision made, and has been written with patient consent in mind.