Technology Appraisal Guidance No. 172
Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
1.1 Cetuximab in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy is not recommended for the treatment of recurrent and/or metastatic squamous cell cancer of the head and neck.
1.2 People currently receiving cetuximab in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy for the treatment of recurrent and/or metastatic squamous cell cancer of the head and neck should have the option to continue treatment until they and their clinician consider it appropriate to stop.
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This guidance represents the view of the Institute which was arrived at after careful consideration of the available evidence. Health professionals are expected to fully take it into account when exercising their clinical judgement. This guidance does not, however, override the individual responsibility of health professionals to make appropriate decisions in the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.
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Cetuximab for the treatment of recurrent and/or metastatic squamous cell cancer of the head and neck
Issue Date: June 2009
Review Date: June 2012