Glioma (newly diagnosed and high grade) - carmustine implants and temozolomide (TA121)
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Carmustine implants are recommended as a possible treatment for people with newly diagnosed high-grade glioma only if 90% or more of their tumour has been removed. People should have carmustine implants only at specialist treatment centres under the care of a team of experts, as described in ‘Improving outcomes for people with brain and other central nervous system tumours’ (NICE cancer service guidance 2006; www.nice.org.uk/csgbraincns). Treatment should be supervised by specialist neurosurgeons who:
- spend at least half of their time working in surgery to treat cancers of the brain and spinal cord
- work with a team of other specialists and have access to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to help predict before the operation whether it will be possible to remove 90% of the person’s tumour
- have access to technology that helps them precisely locate the tumour during the operation.
Carmustine implants are not recommended for people with newly diagnosed high-grade glioma if less than 90% of their tumour has been removed.
Temozolomide is recommended as a possible treatment for people with newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme (a type of high-grade glioma) who have a World Health Organization (WHO) performance status of 0 (they are able to carry out all normal activity without restriction) or 1 (they are restricted in strenuous activity but are able to move around and carry out light work).
- TA121 Glioma (newly diagnosed and high grade) - carmustine implants and temozolomide: guidance (web format)
- TA121 Glioma (newly diagnosed and high grade) - carmustine implants and temozolomide: guidance (MS Word format)
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: brain cancers
- Glioma (newly diagnosed and high grade) - carmustine implants and temozolomide: review proposal - August 2010
- NICE issues guidance on the use of carmustine implants and temozolomide for the treatment of newly diagnosed high-grade glioma
- Glioma (newly diagnosed and high grade) - carmustine implants and temozolomide: Review Decision - October 2010
- Appendix A: Decision paper considered by the Institute's Guidance Executive
This page was last updated: 02 April 2014
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- TA121 Mewnblaniadau carmustine a temozolomide ar gyfer trin glioma uchelradd sydd newydd ei ganfod: deall canllawiau NICE (fformat MS Word)
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