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More progress on cancer medicines, says Labour

Health Minister David Clark.

PHARMAC’s decision to fund a new leukaemia treatment means three new cancer medicines have now been funded so far this year, Health Minister David Clark says.

From December 1, venetoclax (Venclexta) will be funded for people living with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

Last month, funding was also confirmed for alectinib (Alecensa) for ALK positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer and trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla) for HER-2 positive metastatic breast cancer.

“Cancer is New Zealand’s leading cause of death, and improving our cancer care and control is an ongoing challenge. But we are moving in the right direction,” says David.

“This new treatment, venetoclax, is proven to give people more time without their leukaemia getting worse, and has improved overall survival rates compared with currently funded treatments.

“It will make a real difference to the quality of life of around 150 people and their families in the next year and more than 200 the following year.

“Improving access to cancer medicines is just one part of our comprehensive approach to improve cancer care and control in New Zealand, covering everything from prevention and screening, to radiation treatment, surgery, medical oncology and palliative care.”

Key cancer care initiatives announced this year include:

“Modernising our approach to cancer care and control is a major undertaking and will take time, but we are making positive progress for the people of New Zealand,” David Clark said.

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This is good....but....

Posted on 04-11-2019 21:35 | By groutby

...I’m sure many will have noticed that funding work done by others ( in this case overseas medical companies) is just a matter of ’pushing the numbers’ ($$) around to suit the demand to introduce it and the government want pats on the back, but when it comes to actually doing the work from the ’ground up’, ie: housing AKA Kiwibuild, roading needs and many, many more, this government is poor at best, abysmal at worst....imagine the above examples being funded by us (NZ taxpayer) and work undertaken to our requirements by say, China, we would have a s**tload more homes to occupy AND roads to get them there by now...couldn’t we....

Some good work

Posted on 04-11-2019 12:34 | By Merlin

Some good work being carried out by the government picking up a lot of things which could have been done many years earlier by the previous Government.To the winter payment and reduced Doctors visit charges I say thank you.