Pancreatic Cancer: Drugs

Department of Health written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he plans to take to ensure that the Cancer Drugs Fund panel consults with expert clinicians when re-evaluating listed treatments for pancreatic cancer.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

This is a matter for NHS England. NHS England has advised us that its Cancer Drugs Fund panel includes expert oncologists, haemato-oncologists and oncology pharmacists, as well as patient representatives.

Should the panel consider that it requires additional advice on a particular cancer to aid its decision making, it will access this externally as appropriate.

NHS England’s standard operating procedures for the Fund are available at:

www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/pe/cdf/

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