Cancer sufferer’s plea

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A PROSTATE cancer sufferer has spoken of his shock at news a health watchdog has refused to recommend a drug which improved his life.

Ron McCoo, who ran the William Mitchell pub on Westgate in Morecambe for many years, was diagnosed with the illness in early 2010 after noticing blood in his urine and aching in his hips, back and pelvis and told it was incurable.

However, Ron, 59, was given treatment with abiraterone, which extends the life of men with the condition, giving him more valuable time to spend with his beloved family including his wife Terri, his children, four grandchildren and first great granddaughter.

Ron, who also ran the Station pub at Caton and the Victoria Inn at Glasson Dock, says he feels lucky and it has “made a massive difference” for him and his family, but he is saddened other men won’t benefit from it on the NHS.

But draft guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) says they will not recommend abiraterone to be made available on the NHS in England and Wales.

See The Visitor (21-02-12) for full story.