NHS in U-turn on cancer treatment

By Connie Osborne Friday 26 April 2013 Updated: 26/04 10:49

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Buy photos » Adrian Ashby will receive £50,000 worth of cancer treatment to prolong his life. (s)

AN ALCESTER man who was refused cancer treatment has won his battle for the £50,000 care needed to prolong his life.

Adrian Ashby, who was diagnosed with carinoid cancer in 2006, was originally denied the specialist treatment by the NHS.

Despite doctors from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital lodging an appeal and calls from Mr Ashby’s family and the community to reverse the decision, the 49-year-old was told if he wanted the radio nucleotide therapy he would have to fund it another way.

Since then town residents and those living around the area have rallied together and hosted a variety of fund-raising events in a bid to raise the amount.

But as of April 1, under the restructuring of the NHS, radiotherapy drugs are now becoming available to doctors who feel their patients fit the criteria for treatment.

Mr Ashby’s doctor applied for funding under the new guidelines and was told the treatment could be paid for by the NHS.

The Alcester Carpet and Curtains owner said he was overwhelmed and relieved to hear the news.

“It will give me a better quality of life and hopefully an extra couple of years. It makes you realise if you get together and make enough noise you can be heard,” he said.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for their support. It’s been their inspiration which has given me the strength. It puts your faith back into the human race.”

He added the care he had received so far had been fantastic and doctors were always 100 per cent behind him.

“I will now go to have kidney function tests but hopefully that will go through fine and by the end of May I will start my treatment. It will be nice now not to have the extra worry.”

Over £25,000 has been raised so far through the League of Friends which will be donated to a number of cancer charities chosen by Mr Ashby.

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