Stephen Mosley wants better access to radiotherapy

Reporter:

Robert Platt

CHESTER MP Stephen Mosley is calling for action after hearing how radiotherapy is a cornerstone of cancer treatment yet people are still missing out.

Mr Mosley was speaking at an awareness-raising Cancer Research UK event in parliament after he learned how radiotherapy has a bigger impact on curing cancers each year than all the new drugs put together.

The event coincided with the Government’s launch of the National Radiotherapy Awareness Initiative to improve the public’s understanding of the importance of radiotherapy.

Experts at the event described how a lack of awareness about radiotherapy’s importance is having a serious impact on providing world class treatment in the UK.

Some people in the UK are still waiting for too long before receiving their treatment and some cutting-edge radiotherapy treatments, which are available across America and parts of Europe, are not available to all people in certain parts of the country.

Mr Mosley said: “Only 14 per cent of people in the UK are aware that half of all cancer patients could benefit from radiotherapy. I want all people with cancer in Chester to access world class radiotherapy when they need it.”

“I am also concerned that the UK is lagging behind other countries in making newer, more targeted radiotherapy technologies available to everyone.

“I urge the government to work with the NHS and organisations like Cancer Research UK to tackle the inequalities in radiotherapy treatment in this country and make the service amongst the best in Europe.”

Policy manager at Cancer Research UK, Hilary Tovey, added: “Cancer Research UK is calling for an action plan for radiotherapy to make sure that all patients have access to the best radiotherapy treatments regardless of where they live.

We are very grateful to Stephen Mosley MP for helping us to spread this life-saving message.”

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