SIRT - access to this treatment is under threat
We've been advised that SIRT will no longer be available from 31 March 2017, as the period when it was funded through Commissioning Through Evaluation is coming to an end. SIRT will then be evaluated by NICE in a process that could last up to a year and there is no guarantee that it will become available on the NHS again. We've written to the NHS to express our real concern at this decision - this is an extract from our letter:
"There is already considerable data on SIRT, from clinical trials and in particular the SIRFLOX study, to show significant improvements in liver control and that this treatment is safe. A further reduction in treatment options post-Cancer Drugs Fund would be devastating news for the bowel cancer patients and relatives that our charities support."
The NHS have replied that they are sticking to this decision. If you or the patient that you care for would like to support us in this campaign, please direct message me. Also if anyone would like to share their story of SIRT treatment, that would be really useful.