Cancer patients should have access to device to treat fluid retention at home, says NICE

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 22 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2272
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Patients with cancer who have recurrent malignant ascites should have the option of treating themselves at home, says new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

The institute’s Medical Technology Advisory Committee says that the PleurX peritoneal catheter drainage system should be used for patients who need vacuum assisted drainage for recurrent malignant ascites and whose treatment for cancer is unlikely to resolve the problem. The guidance applies to England.

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