Why are cancer patients STILL being refused treatment on the NHS because of the stupid post code lottery that seems to exist?
Adrian Cure, a kidney cancer patient who lives in the Warwickshire PCT area, has been refused Sutent as he is deemed not to be an 'exceptional case'.
How can this be?
How can you be an exceptional case in one PCT but not in another?
How can the NHS justify spending millions of pounds on funding tattoo removals and yet deny a cancer patient the only drug that can extend their life?
Its sheer madness and SO unfair. I had my application for Sutent approved within less than 4 weeks. No hassle, no questions. But I live within South Birmingham PCT which is part of the Pan Birmingham Cancer Network - and they have recently announced that as from 1st April 2008 Sutent and Nexavar will be routinely prescribed and funded as treatment for advanced kidney cancer.
Adrian lives a few miles from me and has been denied it. If he lived in Mexico or Argentina he would receive it as a matter of course.
This makes me so angry - what is the point in developing these new drugs if the NHS then refuse to fund them?
I appreciate the NHS have only a finite amount of money and decisions have to be made to spend it wisely ,but this grossly unfair situation has to change - and change soon.
Please take a moment to visit the site below and sign the petition on behalf of all the kidney cancer patients who have, and will be, denied the only drug that can extend their lives.