New cancer drugs fund

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CANCER patients across South Yorkshire now have access to more life extending drugs thanks to a £5.3m grant from the Department of Health.

The authority has made the money available through the Cancer Drug Fund to be used across the Yorkshire and the Humber region.

Patients are now advised to speak to their cancer clinician if they believe they could benefit from one of a list of available drugs.

Professor Chris Welsh, medical director at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “The cancer drug fund has enabled us to draw up a list of those treatments which were previously unavailable and patients are now benefiting from them.

“These drugs do not offer a cure for cancer but what they do give is valuable time for patients to spend with their loved ones.

“Patients who think they may benefit should speak to their cancer clinician.”