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Cancer: Expenditure

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the NHS’s average annual expenditure is on a patient with (a) breast cancer, (b) lung cancer, (c) prostate cancer and (d) bowel cancer from diagnosis to the end of treatment. (186203)

[holding answer 18 February 2008]: Data on the national health service expenditure on cancer are not collected by cancer type. In 2006-07 £4.35 billion was spent by the NHS on cancer services, approximately 5.2 per cent. of all NHS spending for that year. Data on this expenditure are not collected by tumour site and cannot be broken down on this basis.