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MP urges new cancer treatment study

An MP has launched a new campaign to get a pioneering "light treatment" for cancer patients made available across the NHS.

Labour Copeland MP Jamie Reed is urging the Department of Health to look into the effectiveness and availability of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT).

PDT uses a laser or other light sources alongside light-sensitive drugs to destroy cancer cells.

The drugs are attracted to cancer cells and are activated when exposed to light. The treatment can be used on stomach, lung, mouth and skin cancers, but not melanoma.

Mr Reed believes it is less intrusive for patients, and could save the NHS millions of pounds, but more work needs to be done on the potential side-effects.

He said: "This treatment will not treat all cancers and it will not replace all other forms of treatment, but the evidence from those patients who have been treated with PDT is that it is incredibly effective.

"I want to know what the barriers to the more widespread use of the treatment are and how these can be overcome.

"Cancer effects the lives of everyone. I don't know anyone who has not had a friend or relative who has had one form of cancer or another at some time."

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