RandyW Posted May 27, 2007 Share Posted May 27, 2007 This is by or about DJenkins I believe one of our British members and her fight to get Tarceva approved Fight for cancer drug 'to worsen' FUNDING cancer drugs will become increasingly challenging for the NHS, according to a north-east cancer specialist. Professor Herbie Newell, from the Northern Institute for Cancer Research, admits the NHS has limited resources and difficult decisions to make. His comments come after 180 cancer doctors said they fear the NHS will be unable to fund the new generation of cancer drugs. They include Tarceva, which can extend the life of patients like lung cancer sufferer Jimmy Jenkyns, from South Shields, who is fighting to have the drug prescribed for him on the NHS. At the moment, the 54-year-old is funding the pills himself, but has had to borrow money to foot the £1,700-a-month bill. BATTLE ... Jimmy and Deanne Jenkyns. Professor Newell, professor of cancer therapeutics and Cancer Research UK's director of translational research, said: "We know the NHS has limited resources and difficult choices to make about which treatments it can afford. "With an ageing population and a growing number of cancer patients, the expensive anti-cancer treatments becoming available will increase the NHS's challenges." Mr Jenkyns and his wife Deanne, 39, are campaigning for Tarceva to be made available on the NHS on behalf of other patients. It's not a cure, but it is less invasive than chemotherapy and has fewer side effects, giving cancer patients a better quality of life. Mrs Jenkyns, from Bainbridge Avenue, Simonside, said: "The Lung Cancer Patients Charter states that all patients be given rapid access to up to date treatments. "Yet patients are being denied the use of this drug, unless, of course, they are in a position financially to fund it themselves." Mr Jenkyns, who runs a commercial cleaning business, was refused Tarceva on the NHS by South Tyneside Primary Care Trust (PCT) earlier this year. It has not yet been passed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, and the PCT said its benefits have not yet been proven. The couple are appealing against the decision and have paid for two months' worth of treatment to help their case. Last Updated: 26 May 2007 Premium Article To read this article in full you must have registered and have a Premium Content Subscription with this site. Subscribe Registered Article To read this article in full you must registered with this site. Sign InRegister Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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