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Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Advisory Group last met; when it last made a preliminary report; and when its final report is due; (107875)

(2) when she expects the mesothelioma sub-group to report on the measures required in a mesothelioma treatment and care strategy.

The Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Advisory Group (LCAMAG) last met on 13 July 2006.

There are no plans for LCAMAG to produce a report. The remit of LCAMAG is to facilitate collaboration and to promote mutual understanding between the Department, the voluntary sector, patient and professional groups and to continually advise Ministers, the National Cancer Director and the Department on the development and delivery of high quality services for lung cancer patients.

LCAMAG and its associated mesothelioma sub-group have however produced a draft mesothelioma framework discussion document which provides advice for the national health service on how to organise services for mesothelioma patients to improve standards of care across the country. This document is currently out for consultation. It has been placed in the Library and is available on the Department’s website at Consultationsarticle/fs/en?CONTENT-ID=4140971&chk=lu7dSB

The deadline for responses to the consultation is 18 January 2007.