Jerry\'s Journey - Fighting for Access to Cancer Drugs
Note: Jerry passed away November 25th, 2007, but his wish was to continue the fight for the right to have access to cancer drugs. This Petition is for any and all to sign who want to support our mission or have been touched by cancer in one way or another; and especially for those who have not had fair or adequate access to the cancer treatments they require to survive or simply live longer and have a better quality of life. The issue of access to effective cancer drugs and treatments continues to pain our Province (Ontario) and Canada. After almost a year of lobbying various government bodies to allow for Avastin treatment, my father\'s Oncologist said last week (October 3rd), that it\'s now too late for the Avastin treatment and in fact took him off chemotherapy. Ironically, in an almost parallel stream, Health Care Ontario (Out-of-Country Service) sent a letter allowing funding for Erbitux to be administered in Buffalo (an alternative treatment that was never identified by my Father\'s oncologist as a possible treatment). Seemingly, the one-year turnaround process for this approval, may not only have a negative medical impact for my father, but has unnecessarily created an ineffective and costly proposition for the Province. This is pure negligence by the Province. How can patients ever really have the hope and chance to live Instead, they must fight for their lives on paper...a ridiculous process for people who simply don\'t have time on their side. As a side note, a friend of mine is involved in an Avastin clinical trial in Canada and has seen more than 60% tumour shrinkage. He was diagnosed with the same Cancer as my Father, at the same time. It\'s time to effect change. George Smitherman and Dalton McGuinty must be educated, informed and pressed to make changes. They have ignored repeated requests thus far, so it\'s time to send a message \"en mass\". The results of this petition will be forwarded to each of these politicians. Thank you for your support.