NICE clinical guidelines
Issued: June 2005 (last modified: April 2011)

Referral guidelines for suspected cancer

This is an extract from the guidance. The complete guidance is available at


This guideline is an update of the guideline entitled 'Referral guidelines for suspected cancer' published by the Department of Health in 2000. The new guideline takes account of new research evidence and the findings of audits undertaken since the publication of the previous guideline. The recommendations made here supersede those in the earlier guideline.