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NICE advocates community services for skin cancer patients

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:507
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Multidisciplinary teams, including community services, should be set up to increase the provision of care for patients with skin cancer, new guidance for the NHS in England and Wales recommends.

    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the National Collaborating Centre for Cancer recommended that, for the first time, community services should join skin cancer care networks to help cope with the rapid increase in skin cancers that has been overwhelming specialist services.

    Cancer networks should establish two levels of multidisciplinary teams. Lower level teams would operate in cancer units at district general hospitals, and more specialist teams would be based in larger hospitals, usually cancer centres, plastic surgery centres, or other specialist tertiary services …

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