Feb 1 2013 by Craig Robertson, Kilmarnock Standard
Battler Aiden Glasswell is determined his cancer-stricken mum will get the vital drugs she needs.
The 10-year-old has written an emotional letter to health minister Alex Neil pleading with him to overturn a decision not to prescribe Cetuximab, a drug that could ease her suffering.
“Give her the drug before it’s too late,” states the youngster in his letter.
“Please give it to her. This will help her a lot. Me and my mum and my dad will be very happy.
“I really wish that you can sort this out very fast.”
Mum Janice, 44, was told by a Scottish medical board that it wasn’t cost-effective to prescribe the drug for her bowel cancer at a cost of £3000-a-month.
The drug is freely available on the NHS in England and experts say it could extend her life.
So with the backing of Aiden and husband Alan, 37, she’s vowed not to fight on until health officials change their mind.
Janice, of Darvel, told the Standard: “It is quite destroying to know that there is a drug out there which could extend my life by three or four years but they are not giving me it.
“I need to be around to see Aiden go to high school.I am remaining positive about that.
“Aiden has been great; he comes to a lot of appointments with me and wrote his letter to the health minister just to try and help.”
Janice was diagnosed with bowel cancer in May 2011.
She was given radiotherapy and was operated on twice to try and remove it.
But the cancer returned and has spread to her liver and lung.
Her doctor at Crosshouse Hospital put her forward for a trial of Cetuximab – which slows the growth of cancer – at the Beatson Oncology Centre in Glasgow.
“Because I’d had a second operation, I didn’t meet the criteria fo the trial,” said Janice.
“After that, in March last year, I was given six months of chemotherapy but it had no great benefit, so I said I wanted Cetuximab.