LIFE-SAVING CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY TREATMENT ON THE NHS!
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We, the signers of this petition, have two wishes:
Short-term: financially support cancer patients who have exhausted all treatment options currently available on the NHS and enable them to receive cancer Immunotherapy treatment. Abroad if necessary.
Long-term: Make cancer Immunotherapy treatment available on the NHS to all cancer patients.
"More can - and therefore must - be done for those in need."
This treatment has proven to be the difference between life and death for many. As it has been for her:
Gemma Nuttall. She is fighting metastatic ovarian cancer. It was first discovered while she was pregnant in 2014. She saved her unborn baby’s life by refusing a recommended termination. The tumour on her ovary was only removed after her beautiful baby girl Penelope was born safe and sound. She is now a healthy three-year-old :) But Gemma's cancer kept coming back: to her cervix, to her lungs and multiple times to her brain. Each time more aggressive. She underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy countless times.
In March 2017 Gemma had a massive seizure. The outcome of a brain scan was devastating: many more brain tumours were found. She endured ten days of very risky Whole brain radiotherapy. Doctors on the NHS said her cancer was incurable and not treatable. She was put on end-of-life care and given only a few months to live.
But Gemma and her family refused to give up. There was still treatment waiting:
Immunotherapy - a revolution in cancer medicine which enables the body’s immune system to recognise and kill cancer cells. It brings the disease under control for a much longer time - which means it can prolong lives considerably. It has much fewer side-effects than chemotherapy. It has even seen cancers diagnosed as incurable, put into complete remission.
But it's not available in the UK for most types of cancer.
As a result, patients in need are completely on their own and somehow have to carry the financial burden of the treatment themselves – which is an impossible task.
A private oncology clinic in Germany, the Hallwang Clinic, has specialized itself on Immunotherapy. It is a target for many.
Luckily, none other than Kate Winslet found out about Gemma :) With her incredible help and support Gemma's family was able to raise over 300,000 Pounds for her Immunotherapy treatment.
Gemma had seven treatments of Immunotherapy at the Hallwang Clinic in Germany. The treatment was a complete success! Full body scans and MRI head scans came back clear!
Please follow the Facebook page: facebook.com/ImmunotherapyUK to stay up-to-date on our quest to make Immunotherapy available on the NHS as well as on Gemma.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
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