Cancer drugs on election agenda

Rose Woodward, a survivor of kidney cancer and Patient Advocate for the Fund who met with Andrew Lansley, conservative party shadow Secretary of State for Health, earlier this week, said “on behalf of the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer and my fellow kidney cancer patients, we were very pleased to hear that the first election debate covered the subject of cancer drugs. It’s certainly a very important subject to many people and as Cameron said in the debate “a scandal” that patients don’t have access to the drugs they so desperately need.

totalhealth point out that it is not just a case of new drugs that are a source of fresh hope, but also the latest non-invasive treatments such as CyberKnife that is highly effective in some kidney cancer patients.

Abnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. Full medical glossary
One of two bean-shaped organs that are located on either side of the body, below the ribcage. The main role of the kidneys is to filter out waste products from the blood. Full medical glossary
Any test or technique that does not involve penetration of the skin. The term 'non-invasive' may also describe tumours that do not invade surrounding tissues. Full medical glossary