I would like to ensure that you are aware of the recent announcement that the UK has depleted its supply of the BCG drug commonly used in the treatment of bladder cancer!
While the majority of the UK prepare to celebrate the pending Olympic games which has taken years to bring to fruition. My family will be preparing to support my mother through a life changing surgery. A surgery that she should not need!
She was four days away from receiving her sixth and final dose of treatment, when she received the call to inform her that she could not receive that essential drug and that there was no available time frame as to when that would change.
She has since been informed that the manufacturer is projecting that 2013 is the earliest that they will be releasing the next batch and that unfortunately for her, that will be too late!
This is not an isolated incident, there are approximately 200 people in the Uk that are receiving this devastating news at this time!
What does this mean, well, for us personally this means that her only option is to have her bladder and possibly her uterus removed! While we understand that this could be a life saving measure and we are grateful for the option. We also understand that if successful this will be life altering as she will then go through the remainder of her life with a urostmy bag! Which she believes will cause a dramatic effect on her self image and her marriage.
For the UK, this means a massive drain on resources as the Country funds 200 surgeries and after care programs that did not need to occur.
If the same amount of care, planning and preparation went in to life saving cancer treatment as it has to the Olympic games perhaps we would not be facing this tragic set of circumstances!
Should you have an ability to have a positive impact on this crisis I urge you to act now and do what you can to assist the 200 families that are weeks away from this trauma!
I look forward to any reply that you can offer.