The HSE National Cancer Control Programme develops national Chemotherapy Regimens to support safe, evidence-based and cost-effective cancer treatment for all Irish cancer patients. These regimens are developed under the guidance of Medical Consultants involved in the treatment of patients with cancer with input from nursing staff, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. These regimens underpin the National Cancer Information System (NCIS) and include specific indications for specific drugs. They do not direct care in the same manner as clinical practice guidelines.
The regimen development process is separate to the standard HSE reimbursement process. The reimbursement status is included on the regimens for user convenience but this is not the primary intended purpose of the regimens.
Clinicians using these national chemotherapy regimens to provide treatment for patients will be solely responsible for verifying the doses, providing the prescriptions and administering the medications described in the regimens, according to acceptable standards of care. Use of these regimens is the responsibility of the treating clinician and is subject to the HSE’s Website Disclaimer.
Treatment recommendations are based on a variety of information and factors, they should be guided by patient performance status, disease extent, rate of progression and potential sensitivity to treatment. Each treatment regimen has advantages and disadvantages, and there may be more than one good option. In addition, treatment choices can change over time as more evidence becomes available.
The format and content of the regimens are reviewed and updated on a periodic basis. The date of last revision of each regimen is included at the end of the regimen and on the website. The list of regimens contained on the website is not comprehensive; additional regimens will be added to this site over time. Please email any comments or feedback on these regimens to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, providers of systemic chemotherapy services may submit regimens for consideration for inclusion as NCCP approved regimens which will be available for national use on the NCCP website. The process for submission is available here.
Oral Anti-Cancer Medicines (OAM) regimens are available below
Supportive Care Regimens
NCCP Classification Document for Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) Induced Nausea and Vomiting
Antiemetic Medicines for inclusion in NCIS (Medical Oncology)
Current regimens for the following tumour groups, oral anti-cancer medicines and paediatrics are available in the links below:
Regimen Information Summaries
A summary of current NCCP regimens classified according to drug, tumour group, revision due date and recently launched regimens is available by clicking on the links below:
Revision Due Date
Recent updates including new regimens and reviews
These summary documents will be updated at a minimum quarterly, but may be done more frequently as required. The date of last update is included on each summary
The NCCP would like to acknowledge the benefit gained from the chemotherapy regimen models and templates utilised by international agencies such as BCCA and eviQ. View the list of clinicians and contributors who have worked in the NCCP team and supported the development and review of NCCP chemotherapy regimens and associated guidelines.
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Last Updated 14/01/2020