MOUTH CANCER DRUG MAY SOON BE AVAILABLE ON NHS

Today, the Mouth Cancer Foundation came a step closer to making sure all Mouth Cancer patients have access to a new drug, currently not widely available on the NHS. The drug in question is called ‘Cetuximab’ and is a new cancer treatment available in Scotland since July 2006, but not England and Wales at present. It is hoped that cetuximab in combination with radiotherapy can be used as an alternative in Mouth cancer patients for whom chemoradiotheraphy is in appropriate. The charity successfully convinced the Appeal Panel of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to ask its Appraisal Committee’s to reconsider its appraisal decision to ban the drug for head and neck cancer patients in England and Wales. The appraisal has now been returned to the Committee.

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