5888 - Cancer: Drugs (Answered)

Jim Shannon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans NHS England has to make biphosphorates available as a treatment to prevent breast cancer spreading into bones.

George Freeman

Clinicians are able to prescribe bisphosphonates for the prevention of breast cancer where there is a clinical need.

NHS England’s breast cancer clinical reference group has highlighted bisphosphonates as a key issue for potential improvement in survival outcomes in its draft service specification for breast cancer.

NHS England expects the draft service specification to be finalised and available for dissemination in autumn 2015. It will then be up to clinical commissioning groups to take this into account in developing their local commissioning activities.