July 15, 2009 3:00 am

Move to speed cancer treatment

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Patients with late-stage cancers should gain faster access to innovative treatments under plans unveiled by the government yesterday.

The Office for Life Sciences has earmarked an initial £25m next year for a pilot programme to fund experimental drugs for patients with rare illnesses, ahead of their approval by the government's medicines advisory body.

Lord Drayson, science minister, said the sector could receive a third of the £1bn government-seeded innovation fund unveiled last month, alongside support for green technology and media industries.

Andrew Jack

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