Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Cancer drug should be available to all

A CANCER survivor who owes her life to a miracle drug has condemned the decision by health bosses not to provide it on the NHS.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) issued its final guidance yesterday which does not recommend the drug Avastin (also called bevacizumab) for treating bowel cancer.
Barbara Moss, aged 57, of Aconbury Close, Worcester, says the only reason she is still alive is because she had the drug, which shrank the tumour in her bowel until it became operable.
She was given months to live more than five years ago and the family had to pay £21,000 for Avastin.

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