Rother Valley MP Kevin Barron is to contact Prime Minister David Cameron to urge him to make the issue of access to breast cancer drugs a top priority and put the cause back on the agenda.
Mr Barron joined more than 70 MPs at a reception hosted by Breakthrough Breast Cancer at the House of Commons, where the charity called on the Government to bring about a new focus on breast cancer, with a priority of introducing an equitable system through which effective new treatments are routinely made available to patients.
Mr Barron said: “Breast cancer is not yesterday’s problem. Thousands of women in the UK are living with a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer, with incredibly limited treatment options.”
“Research is developing treatments that can give women at the end of their lives more good quality time with their loved ones and we have a responsibility to ensure that there is a system that allows these pioneering new drugs to routinely reach patients who will benefit from them.”
“In the UK, 12,000 women are still dying every year from breast cancer. That’s why I am writing to the Prime Minister to urge him to take the lead on this issue and help fight this disease.”