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Cameron's cancer cash pledge

Medics in Oxford have backed David Cameron's £400m cancer package to boost research and treatment for cancer patients. The Cancer Drugs Fund was set up in 2011 to help patients access certain drugs before they get approval for widespread NHS use.

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Oxford medics back Cameron's cancer cash pledge

David Cameron has extended the Cancer Drugs Fund until 2016 Credit: Press Association Images

Doctors in Oxford have praised the Prime Minister for extending a cancer drugs programme. The Cancer Drugs Fund was set up in 2011 to help patients access certain drugs before they get approval for widespread NHS use. The scheme was due to end next year.

But Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged £400m to keep it running. Dr Andrew Protheroe, Consultant in Medical Oncology at The Churchill Hospital in Oxford, said: 'The more treatment options that are available to me, the better job I feel I can do for my patients.

'Before the Cancer Drugs Fund, doctors were not able to use a whole range of drugs which were part of standard practice in other countries. This fantastic announcement means we won’t have to go back to those days.'

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