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September 10, 2010

Death panel alert: NHS won't pay for treatment that could keep breast cancer victim alive

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Suzanne Lloyd.jpgAs we're likely soon be seeing here in the U.S. under Obamacare, a woman dying of breast cancer in the UK has been denied the only treatment which could prolong her life because the NHS deems it too expensive:

Suzanne Lloyd, 43, has been refused a vital course of radiotherapy currently banned by NICE, the rationing body, even though it could extend her life by several years.

In a further devastating blow, she has been told that the Government's emergency cancer fund will probably not meet the cost as the treatment is not a drug - it is a form of therapy.

The Coalition has pledged to set aside £50million for any drug recommended by a doctor or cancer specialist, even if it has been rejected by NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Former PR consultant Mrs Lloyd, from Deal, Kent, is suffering from advanced breast cancer which has spread to her liver.

Her last hope is Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT), in which tiny radioactive beads are injected into the artery which supplies the cancer.

Doctors say that on its own the treatment, which costs £23,000 for a single dose, could give her at least an extra 14 months of life.

But it could be extended even further - possibly by two more years - because once the tumour has shrunk to a certain size, other treatments could be used successfully.

Despite doctors' recommendations, her local primary care trust, Eastern and Coastal Kent, has refused to fund it.

She said: 'The PCT has said I can't appeal against the decision so I just don't know what to do.'

Mrs Lloyd's case highlights the postcode lottery for cancer treatment across Britain.

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(Image credit - Daily Mail)

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