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Cancer patient in World Cup sale

30th June 2006

A student with bowel cancer is auctioning tickets for the World Cup semi-final to help raise money for a drug he said he cannot get on the NHS.

Nicholas Keher, 23, from Formby in Merseyside, said the drug Avastin will give him the best chance of survival. But the drug is unavailable to him as it is under review by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).

He is trying to raise £50,000 to pay for private treatment and has set up a website to auction his tickets.

Mr Keher, who is being treated at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London and has moved to Esher in Surrey, studied pharmacy at Aston University. He was diagnosed with bowel cancer in February.

Mr Keher's auction website gives people the chance to bid at £10 a time, with the lowest unique bid winning the tickets for the semi-final in Munich on 5 July.

NICE is appraising Avastin for NHS use and its advice is expected to be issued later this year.

 

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