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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 16th July 2013.

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Photo of Tessa Munt Tessa Munt Liberal Democrat, Wells 11:30 am, 16th July 2013

The Secretary of State will be aware of the case of Nadejah, the face of the Teenage Cancer Trust, who at the age of 23 has been refused the CyberKnife cancer treatment that could save her life. Her mother Michelle is here today. Will he intervene so that this young woman gets the treatment that her consultant, Professor Hochhauser, recommends, and will he meet Nadejah’s mother and me so that we can work together to unblock the funding so that she can get the treatment she so desperately needs?

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JO BROWN
Posted on 17 Jul 2013 1:42 pm (Report this annotation)

I hope all young cancer patients receive any palliative treatment which might be available under the NHS. However, the NHS will save £billions in future if immediate steps are taken to reduce cancer incidence in young people by ruling out Hinkley C new nuclear build and implementing stringent safety restrictions on the poorly regulated UK nuclear industry. Perinatal mortality in Somerset has doubled since 2006 when vents were installed into the Hinkley A defueled Magnox reactors against the regulation that reactors must remain sealed for the 80-year radioactive decay period. Magnox reactors at Bradwell are being encased in protective cladding; will the regulators do the same at Hinkley A to prevent further avoidable increases in child and young adult cancers?