Monday, May 11, 2009

Man fights to get cancer drug funded

From the Fredericton (NB) Daily Gleaner:
Frank Taylor may be fighting colon cancer, but he still has enough energy to pressure the province to cover the expensive colorectal cancer medication Avastin.

New Brunswick is one of only three Canadian provinces that don't pay for the medication - Prince Edward Island and Manitoba are the others.

That's forced Taylor to borrow about $35,000 from the bank to pay for his costly treatment sessions.

He said he's been drumming up support for the cause since he was diagnosed with colon cancer months ago, and he won't stop until every New Brunswicker is given the same access to the drug as other Canadians.

"We've got to do something about this," he said.

"My sister lives in Ottawa and she could walk in (to a doctor's office) and they'd look after her. I don't feel bad about that at all, but if I lived there, or in Amherst, I wouldn't have a problem." ...more

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