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Cancer patient may have to pay

17th December 2007

South Tees NHS Trust has threatened to force a cancer patient to fund her own treatment if she tries to supplement her care with private treatment.

Colette Mills, is receiving Taxol for breast cancer, but wants to try Avastin, which the NHS do not provide. The trust said that if she received the drug privately she would have to pay for all her treatment, at an estimated cost of £15,000 per month.

Ms Mills said: "The policy is that I must be a NHS patient or a private patient. It's immoral that the drugs are out there and freely available to certain people, yet they say I cannot have it."

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