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Sinn Féin Conference to discuss access to Breast Cancer Treatment

9 November, 2005

Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MLA Gereldine Dougan has organised a Stormont conference on Thursday, 17th November, in the Long Gallery to discus the denial of access to treatment for women diagnosed with Breast Cancer with the cancer drug Herceptin.

Speakers will include Patricia McPeake and Roisín McCann who have both been diagnosed with the HER-2 form of breast cancer, Patricia McPeake's solicitor Rosemary Connolly and Alan George Ulster Cancer Foundation

Speaking ahead of the conference Ms Dougan said:

"One in four women with the HER-2 form of breast cancer will die unless Herceptin is made available. If it is taken early enough it can halve the risk of breast cancer returning. Many women are not only fighting cancer, they are fighting NHS bureaucrats who are denying them Herceptin.

"The denial of the right to early treatment with Herceptin for women diagnosed with early breast cancer will mean that their chances of beating it are severely reduced.

"This is a human rights issue. It is about defending the right of women to potentially life saving treatment.

"The courage of women like Patricia and Roisín fighting cancer and taking on the department of health should be recognised and supported." ENDS

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