• Secondary Breast Cancer

    09 October 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about secondary breast cancer.
    I appreciate your concerns and I agree that we must ensure those suffering from secondary breast cancer receive the highest quality care, personalised to their own individual needs.
    I know that Ministers are committed to improving the detection and treatment of breast cancer, particularly to avoid the risk of secondary breast cancer developing. I am encouraged that breast cancer survival rates in Britain are improving, there is much more to be done.
    I know that the National Cancer Programme is committed to rolling out stratified follow-up pathways in breast cancer by 2020. This will mean all cancer patients receive care which is uniquely tailored to their needs and recovery. This programme will ensure that patients get the right care after treatment, including information and support to spot signs and symptoms of recurrence or secondary cancer. As well as providing a better experience for patients and ensuring they have the information they need, stratified pathways can offer more effective use of resources by freeing up outpatient capacity. They can also ensure that in cases where there is recurrence or secondary cancer, patients are supported to return to care quickly and effectively.
    Alongside this, NHS England is also working with Health Education England and Macmillan Cancer Support to understand the best way to implement the independent Cancer Taskforce's recommendation that everyone should have access to a Clinical Nurse Specialist or other key worker by 2020.
    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely

    Mel Stride

    MP for Central Devon

    Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General