Responding to the decision to remove three breast cancer drugs from the Cancer Drugs Fund, a decision that will come into effect from 12 March 2015, Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Care, says:
“Thousands of breast cancer patients have today been denied the chance of improved quality of life and extra time with their loved-ones. This news is devastating for them.
“However, we want breast cancer patients currently receiving these drugs to know they will still have access.
“The Cancer Drugs Fund is falling apart when there is still no long-term solution in place. While it is good that another three breast cancer drugs remain on the list and budget for the Cancer Drugs Fund will grow, the priority now must be to urgently find a sustainable system that works. Without this, cancer patients will continue to be denied access to vital treatment – they deserve better than this.
“Anyone concerned can contact Breast Cancer Care on 0808 800 6000.”