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geordiex
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coming up to 7000 signatures xx

belinda
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Thank you Anna, will have a read.
Anna_BCC
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Hi Belinda

 

We know that the issue of access to drugs is a concern for many people. This week, we have written to the PM, along with 8 other cancer charities, to express our concerns about the changes being made to the Cancer Drugs Fund. You can read more about this, as well as our views on this issue more generally, on our blog http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/news/blog/cancer-drugs-fund-update-0

 

As mentioned below in this thread, the Labour Party has announced plans for a Cancer Treatment Fund (CTF), to replace the Cancer Drugs Fund when it comes to an end in 2016. The CTF will also fund radiotherapy and surgery, as well as drugs. At the moment we don't have much more detail than this.

 

We're continuing to monitor the situation and highlighting the possible impact of these changes on people affected by breast cancer. Ultimately, we want every patient across the UK to benefit from new approved treatments, so will continue to do what we can to ensure that this happens.

 

You asked about Northern Ireland - In Northern Ireland, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety have responsibility for deciding which drugs are available, but may take into account NICE Guidance (which apply to England) when making decisions.

 

I hope this is helpful. Do get in touch with our team campaigns@breastcancercare.org.uk with any comments or feedback on how these changes affect you. The more we hear from you, the stronger is the case we're able to put to policymakers.

geordiex
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It'll be the more specialised rads and surgery I would think x

2catlady
Member

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It's a bit worrying radiotherapy and surgery come under the drug fund!! As a lot of mets ladies have radiotherapy for pain relief !! Very scary!
Whoever gets in ,I don't think the drug fund would be scrapped as too controversial .
Yes,Tink ,it does look like BC is taking a bashing again . BC kills more people than most other cancers but that's never advertised in the pink fluff.
The uk has one of the worst survival rates for BC too.
busyanne
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What really puzzles me is that the general public are constantly being asked to give to cancer charities to help with research into cures etc.; when cures or better medications are developed it is the general public who have to fight for treatments not people with the money to buy it.  That seems very unfair to me.  Not that I think people who can afford private care should not have access to drugs either it is really that we the general public who support these causes are being denied or indeed have to go cap in hand for treatment.  Things are certainly not what they should be.  Sorry for rant.

geordiex
Member

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dreadful

belinda
Member

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It came to light during the investigations into Mid Staffs.
geordiex
Member

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crikey didnt think you allowed flowers anymore

belinda
Member

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Must admit everytime I read any quotes from Andy Burnham I remember all those poor patients, under his watch of the NHS, who had to drink water from their hospital vases. 😞
geordiex
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my oncs want the Tories to remain because of the Fund apparently Cameron keeps putting money in on the quiet

geordiex
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In a perfect world ,which its not drugs would be affordable and no-one would have the added stress of worrying if theyre going to get what treatment they need to be given the best chance x

belinda
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I am not especially drawn to any political party but isn't it amazing how we are assured of how important we are, how we will be listened to by all the parties when they want our's and our family's votes.
Lucy21
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Tinkerbelle
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The article I read which I assume is what everyone else read:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30385594

 

The article mentions Kadcyla in particular (the only cancer drug it mentions) and the only pictures within the article are of breast cancer. 

 

It seems to me (or maybe I'm paranoid) that this article is suggesting, once again, that breast cancer is getting too much attention and funding.  The bits that concerned me most were (italics are my thoughts):

 

"The problem with cancer policy under the current government is that it prioritises one form of cancer treatment over others and places one group of patients ahead of another.'  -  what group would that be then?

 

"This is indefensible when we know surgery and radiotherapy are responsible for nine in ten cases where cancer is cured.   - Sod those that can't be cured.

 

"It is not right that 40,000 people every year who could benefit from radiotherapy are missing out."

 

and

 

A Conservative spokesman said: "This represents a huge u-turn for the Labour party, who only a few weeks ago said they didn't support the Cancer Drugs Fund in England and are still denying it to NHS patients in Wales' - What is supposed to happen to them?

 

The good bit was more attention placed on teenage cancer patients.

 

 

Tink x

 

 

belinda
Member

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The NHS have to negotiate better prices from the drugs companies, surely they, the NHS, are their biggest customer?
belinda
Member

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So it will be a drugs, surgery and radio fund. Not sure anything about this is good. Will less be done as the usual "gold standard" and the money from this fund will have to cover more, be spread more thinly?
geordiex
Member

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surgery included too as well as rads and drugs apparently xx

belinda
Member

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Do BCC have a ongoing campaign on this issue, along with the differences between England, Wales and Scotland? Are Northern Ireland patients under the England rulings?
Also it seems a bit worrying, but perhaps I'm missing something here, that radiotherapy is to be included?
It's a second NICE now, if it's all down to cost effectiveness? Bumping up to keep up near the top.
busyanne
Member

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Ladies you are all right in what you say.  I live in Scotland and I can tell you despite having a fantastic oncologist looking after me I cannot access further treatments unless I go public or cap in hand.  I feel very discriminated by all of this.  I have attempted to raise this as an issue with my MSP who is an Scottish Nationalist but to no avail.  So no matter what they say before elections the proof is in the pudding.  Take care all.

LemonDrizzle
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Whichever party is elected next year needs to consider the implication of this fund and realise how vital it is. It is so sad that most people wont have a strong enough opinion about it until it actually affects them in some way.
LD x
pam01
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Its slightly bizarre that labour are making this promise....but the labour administration in Wales do not support a drugs fund at all.......the best we couls get out of the  Welsh chief pharmacist and Chief medical officer was that drugs may be funded on a drug by drug basis as cost effectiveness is looked at by NICE.........the worry for the ladies outside of England is that Drug fund money for these drugs actually encourages the drug companies to keep costs up...cos no matter whether NICE approves or not the drugs get prescribed......having said that if they are not prescribed in England its even less likely they will be prescribed in other areas of the UK......I hate to say it but it does sound rather like  an "election promise"

nicky08
Community Champion

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Yes, reading this today (about their speech later) it will go up to £300m and make treatments such as radiotherapy included rather than just the drugs. Which ever party gets in next year let's hope they all agree that this is the way forward and makes them all consider the other suitable options out there for so many of us.
Nicky x

2catlady
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Great news Geordie. Let's hope so xx
geordiex
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Labour to keep drugs fund ,so hopefully still have access in some shape or form and hopefully drugs fund wont make more expensive ones totally inaccessible xx