Kidney patients denied 'too expensive' life-extending drugs
Article in the Telegraph
"Patient groups said the decision, announced today by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice), would condemn many sufferers of kidney cancer to an "early death".
The four prohibited medicines include Sutent, which can prolong life in kidney cancer patients by up to two years. The draft guidance also rejects Avastin, Nexavar and Torisel.
Nice said the drugs were too expensive, at about £24,000 a year per patient, for the benefits they offered and would mean the health service was less able to afford more cost-effective drugs for other illnesses. However, the decision reignites the debate around how the NHS prioritises which drugs are approved for use."
Prevention is obviously better and cheaper than cure. - Two of the contributory factors that increase the likelihood of developing kidney cancer are obesity and high blood pressure. (They are contributory factors in the development of many other illnesses too.) Both of these factors are significantly reduced by eating less salt and salty food, so eating less salt and salty food will lower your chance of getting kidney cancer and all the suffering and difficulties entailed in having that disease.
Lose weight, reduce your risk of most cancers, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, angina, vascular dementia, osteopenia, osteoporosis, hypercholesterolaemia, depression, liver and kidney problems, and improve your health in many other ways without drugs or expense by eating less salt! - Try it! - You will feel so much better!
Read my Mensa article on Obesity and the Salt Connection
See Sodium in foods