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Cancer: Medical Treatments

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on research and development of anti-cancer surgical procedures in each of the last five years. (206049)

[holding answer 16 May 2008]: The available information is shown in the following table.

Departmental expenditure on cancer surgery research

£ million











Over the last 10 years, the main part of the Department’s total expenditure on health research has been devolved to and managed by national health service organisations. Details of individual NHS supported research projects undertaken during that time, including a substantial number concerned with surgical treatment of cancer, are available on the archived national research register at:

The departmental expenditure figures shown in the table relate only to national research programmes.

The Medical Research Council (MRC), one of the main agencies through which the United Kingdom Government support medical and clinical research, are currently funding a broad portfolio of cancer research that includes early stage trials and basic and underpinning research. Most of the MRC-funded cancer trials relate to combination therapies, although the MRC does support a small number of trials where surgery is a critical element of the intervention.