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Access to treatment

Find out about your access to cancer drugs and treatment. Get information on how decisions are made about what cancer treatments are available on the NHS.

Find out how to make a complaint about your care and who can help support you with this.

Getting a second opinion

You might feel you would like to see another doctor to get a second opinion about your diagnosis or treatment. Find out more.

Buying medicines in the UK to send abroad

Sending medicines abroad depends on the type of medicine and where you want to send it. Find out about regulations and postal services. 

Comparing NHS with private cancer treatment

Find out about the differences between National Health Service (NHS) and private cancer treatment in the UK.


Get information on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and how they decide which cancer drugs and treatments are available on the NHS.

Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC)

The SMC is an independent organisation that advises the NHS Health Boards about medicines in Scotland.

Free prescriptions for people with cancer

Find out about prescription charges for people with cancer.

How cancer drugs are licensed in the UK

Drugs go through a process to make sure they’re safe, effective and that the benefits outweigh possible side effects.

Early Access to Medicines Scheme

The Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS) aims to make promising new medicines available to patients sooner. 

Making a complaint

You can make complaint if you’re not happy with your treatment or care, whether your care is with the NHS or private.

Waiting times for tests and treatment after cancer diagnosis

There are targets for waiting times that hospitals should work towards. 

Information and help