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URGERY to remove tumours from the brains of Oxfordshire cancer sufferers is not a high priority for health chiefs.

At the moment, if cancer spreads to the brain, patients are treated by neurosurgery, where the head is opened up and tumour removed.

When cancer spreads to the brain it is called ‘cerebral metastases’ and it is common in the end stages of the disease.

But a committee made up of health bosses from Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire, have decided the surgery should be a low priority for funding.

In a policy statement, the South Central Priorities Committee, which decides which treatments will be routinely funded in the areas, said there was a lack of clinical effectiveness for the surgery.

Across the four counties more than 120 patients have had the surgery in the past three years. The figures are not broken down by county.

Although a final accommodation is yet to be taken, the board has recommended patients are not offered the analysis above April 2011.

Patients in the North East are still accepting the analysis indefinitely.

Last night a blight accommodating who believes he owes his activity to the anaplasty said it was a case of a postcode action for Oxfordshire blight patients.

Campaigner and Oxford Mail columnist Clive Stone was diagnosed with branch blight in 2007. In August he was accepted to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital for anaplasty on a tumour, afterwards it was apparent the blight had advance to his brain.

He said: “I woke up and begin I couldn’t move my larboard arm. It was flailing around. I additionally couldn’t move my larboard leg.”

He was taken anon by ambulance to the JR area experts accepted he had a tumour the admeasurement of his thumbnail on his brain.

It was while at the hospital he apparent the analysis looked acceptable to be cut from abutting year.

Mr Stone said: “Cerebral metastases can appear not aloof in branch blight patients, but in lung and breast blight sufferers too.

“This could affect a lot of people.

“If I hadn’t had the anaplasty I would accept been a goner for sure.

“I know this problem will come back one day.

“To think the next time it does, I may not be able to have the surgery, is just too much to think about.”

A spokesman for the NHS Specialised Commissioning Group, which funds the surgery, said it was awaiting more evidence before a final decision is taken next year.

He added: “A final decision regarding this report was deferred until early 2011 while the committee waits for the outcome of an audit of surgical outcome at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust and Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust.”