This information is about access to all types of cancer treatments. When we use the word ‘treatment’, this also includes drugs used to treat cancer.
If a treatment is not available in the NHS, start by talking to your cancer doctor. It’s important to understand the treatment and whether it is right for you.
This can depend on:
- the type and stage of cancer you have
- the side effects and risks of the treatment
- the possible benefits of the treatment
- any other treatments you have had
- other treatments that are available.
If you and your doctor agree that you would benefit from the treatment, you can apply to the NHS for funding. You apply in different ways across the UK. There may also be other things you can do if a treatment isn’t available (see below).