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Prostate and breast Ca guidelines

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence is to investigate care of patients with breast and prostate cancer.

NICE is drawing up new guidelines on diagnosis of both diseases as part of its ninth work programme for England and Wales.

Management guidelines will follow on diabetes in pregnancy, urinary tract infections in children, atrial fibrillation, puerperal/perinatal mental health and anaemia in renal failure.

NICE is also to conduct new technology appraisals ­ which primary care organisations must obey within three months of issue ­ of stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation patients, falls clinics, venous thromboembolism, lupus erythematosus and thrombophilia screening.

Other treatments to be assessed by the programme include drugs for chronic hepatitis B, chemotherapy-induced anaemia, ankylosing spondylitis and tooth decay, health minister Lord Warner announced earlier this month.

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