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More patients benefit as specialist cancer drugs fast track list expands

NHS England has today, for the first time, published figures showing the number of times patients have been prescribed specialist drugs that are available as part of the national Cancer Drugs Fund list. Cancer Drugs Fund list quarterly figures: April – June 2013/14 The data shows an increase in the amount of drugs prescribed from […]

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Ensuring effective estrogen receptor testing

NHS England has today provided interim advice to NHS organisations in light of a CQC investigation and a Royal College of Pathologists report earlier this year into breast cancer receptor testing. Advice to the NHS is that where histopathology laboratories are performing breast cancer receptor testing, they should ensure that the antibodies used for estrogen […]

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NHS England has today published an interim national policy statement outlining its position on access to Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT)

NHS England has today published an interim national policy statement outlining its position on access to Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT), a form of radiotherapy which is used in the treatment of liver cancer. Previous commissioning arrangements for this treatment varied around the country and therefore the policy statement has been developed using a rapid […]

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NHS England releases update to national Cancer Drugs Fund list

NHS England has released an update to the national Cancer Drugs Fund list, further increasing access for patients to an additional three new cancer drugs. The additions to the list have been made following a review of trial data from the drugs by the Chemotherapy Clinical Reference Group (CRG), one of 74 such groups which provide clinical advice to […]

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New Single drug fund list to bring fairer system for cancer patients

NHS England is today (Thursday) taking action to end regional variation of access to the Cancer Drugs Fund. There will be one national list of approved fast-track drugs giving uniform access to treatment across the country. From 1 April, NHS England took on responsibility for the operational management of the Cancer Drugs Fund, creating for […]

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