There are 2 drugs that beatingbowelcancer.org are campaigning for. Avastin and Erbitux are available in Wales and other countries, but NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) say they are not cost effective in England and Scotland. I can\'t get my head round that decision when the results they have had so far are good, are extending peoples lives in advanced cases of bowel cancer, and due to that extended life are giving the chance of conventional treatment to work.
A friends son was a candidate for these drugs, he fell into the right category for them to work. By the time he found out about them it was too late for his son, his bowel had perforated and nothing was going to save him then. Giving these drugs to him just a few weeks earlier could have saved his life and allowed him to have an appropriate operation and for the conventional treatment to work. We will never know if it would have been successful, but it\'s dreadful for the people who live in England and Scotland and are suffering now, not to be given the chance. It was too late for my friends son too, but not for many others who happen to have the wrong postcode.
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