Getting a second opinion

You might want to see another GP or specialist to get a second opinion about your diagnosis or treatment. Find out about getting a second opinion.

Other ways to access treatment

Sometimes there are treatments which could help you, but they aren’t available on the NHS. Find out other ways to access a treatment that isn’t available on the NHS.

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 the National Health Service (NHS) and private cancer treatment in the UK.


NICE stands for The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Find out how NICE works and how it makes decisions.

Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC)

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

Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF)

Get information on what the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) is, who makes the decisions about which drugs are available, and how they decide.

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. Get more information on how it works and what safety measures are in place.

Making a complaint

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

Cancer waiting times

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

Last reviewed: 
13 Sep 2019

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