"I wont sit around and let this beat me"

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by jimnicebutdim, Feb 13, 2009.

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  1. Evening all,

    Apologies if this has been done before, but I couldn't find anything via the search function.

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    This was from this evenings Gosprt News

    I saw this in the paper, and admittadly don't know a great deal about the case. However, the fact he is still serving, and has a young family really touched a nerve.

    I'm gonna make a personal donation but I was wondering would this qualify for assistance from H4H, or even from us here on Arrse?
  2. It appears that Avastin is available in some places on the NHS.

  3. Compare this attitude to that of the Goody creature who hopes to get £1m for an exclusive on her marriage to a convicted thug.

    Good luck Fella

    Does this thread belong in Current Affairs to get it the notice it deserves?
  4. Herrumph, good idea. Could someone please repost this in Current Affairs or anywhere else that would help raise awareness. I can't do it myself as i'm viewing Arrse via my mobile at present. Thanks.
  5. I'm feeling disillusioned by the complete lack of support by the members on here. 600+ people have viewed this thread, yet the response has been underwhelming.

    Come on guys, this is one of ours, still serving and with a young family. Sgt O'keefe, you are on here and read this, if there is anything i can do to help, in anyway please let me know. If you need lifts or shopping or anything i'll help if i can.
  6. mercurydancer

    mercurydancer LE Book Reviewer

    Sgt O'Keefe has my deepest sympathy but it just doesnt always come down to the simple equation Money + Avastin = longer life. His cancer is likely to be a glioma which Avastin can deprive of blood supply limiting its growth. The "three years" quoted is not typical. Even with Avastin the trials have shown life expectancy extended by roughly 6 -12 months. That said, the numbers of patients involved in trials are very few, so this figure may alter, possibly significantly.

    Cancer specialist medical staff will have explored all avenues and Avastin would be the final option.
    Also bear in mind that this drug has serious side effects including convulsions, some fatalities have been recorded, severely high blood pressure (causing strokes) and blood chemistry alterations, so it can shorten life expectancy too. The severe side effects affect 25% of patients.

    Sgt O'Keefe should not blind himself to the difficulties involved in taking Avastin and if he and the doctors agree that it would make a difference, then I hope that the bueaucrats dispense with their inhuman cost versus benefit analysis and let him have the best chance he can have.
  7. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Why isnt the MoD funding his treatment or does he have less than 3 years left to serve?
  8. Let's see:-

    £15,000 -> 12 months of life : Undustifiable

    £12,000 -> One case of 70 year old vintage port for govt. wine cellar : Justifiable

    £116,000 -> Jacqi Smith's lodging expenses : Bargain

    £2 billion -> Indian space programme funded by UK : Cheap at half the price

    Government hypocricy : Priceless
  9. This year I have seen my patients have more than this amount spent on them for MOD funded plastic surgery. I would question if this case had been pushed through the right channels. I have a good relationship with the office that makes the decisions on what will and will not get funding. I would be more than happy to do a bit of digging to find out the gen on funding for these sort of treatments.

    Sgt, if you are on here feel free to get in touch, I will do all can to help.
  10. I recently had a patient given £7K worth of tummy tuck, she had 18 months left.
  11. Forastero

    Forastero LE Moderator

    Does the fact that he appears to be MPGS have anything to do with it?
  12. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Should that matter?
  13. Forastero

    Forastero LE Moderator

    That's not what I'm asking or what I'm implying. MPGS may have different TORs which may preclude them from med treatment through the MoD - I don't know, hence the question.
  14. Adapt & overcome chaps... Can the 'gentlemen' of the press be our friends on this one?

    Any avenue we can get.