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Saturday, 28 January 2006 09:07
BNN: British Nursing News Online · www.bnn-online.co.uk
Remission for breast cancer drug campaigner
Barbara Clark, the children's nurse who won a landmark appeal allowing her to receive the drug Herceptin on the NHS, said yesterday that doctors had told her she was in remission from breast cancer.

Ms Clark, 49, from Bridgwater, Somerset, had threatened to take her case to the European Court of Human Rights to obtain the drug.

However, Somerset Primary Care Trust agreed to fund treatment last October.

Ms Clark told the BBC: "I am clear for the moment of cancer but there is still a 50/50 chance of it coming back so there's no champagne just yet."

She added: "It's been an amazing year, going from the worst year of my life to the best.

"This gives me a 50% chance of remaining cancer free but at least I have helped lots of other women.

"Even if the disease were to return, it would not automatically mean a death sentence. I would just get on with my life.

"I have to go for three-monthly check ups now so fingers crossed”.


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