Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Douglas MHK calls for pancreatic cancer drug funding

A House of Keys representative is calling on the Isle of Man's Department of Health to fund a cancer drug that could prolong a constituent's life.

North Douglas MHK Bill Henderson wants the island's health service to pay for the drug to treat a man from Glen Park who has incurable pancreatic cancer.

He said it is available for free in Scotland, although has not yet been approved for use in England.

Mr Henderson plans to raise the case in Tynwald this week.

He said he had been told that the island's health service could not afford to offer the treatment.

Mr Henderson said: "The medical specialists have indicated to me in personal letters that this drug has been clinically proven in trials and that it may well help this type of cancer.

"We have applied for funding here to see if we can have it on prescription and I've placed questions to Tynwald to the health minister who has point blankly flatly refused to put this drug into prescription at the minute."

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