Technology Appraisal Guidance No. 135
Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
1.1 Pemetrexed is recommended as a treatment option for malignant pleural mesothelioma only in people who have a World Health Organization (WHO) performance status of 0 or 1, who are considered to have advanced disease and for whom surgical resection is considered inappropriate.
1.2 Patients currently receiving pemetrexed who do not fall into the patient population defined in section 1.1 should have the option to continue therapy until they and their clinicians consider it appropriate to stop.
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Pemetrexed for the Treatment of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma.
Issue Date: January 2008
Review Date: September 2010