27 October 2010
Responding to Andrew Lansley, Health Secretary launching the consultation into the Cancer Drugs Fund, which will come into effect in April 2011, Mike Hobday, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
'This is fantastic news for people with rarer cancers. The £200 million cancer drugs fund means that more people will have access to the clinically effective drugs that their doctors believe will improve their quality and length of life. We are pleased that the Government is addressing this issue, which is a major concern for people affected by cancer.'
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Julie Wills, Assistant Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4933
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About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
Call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00, Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm. Calls are free, including from mobiles or visit www.macmillan.org.uk