An NHS Cancer Nurse has Funded her Own Treatment

Laura Harris is a qualified oncology nurse. She has over 12 years of experience and she is now feeling much better after the treatment. Her story is as follows. She was forced to try and raise the money for her own cancer treatment and she has also come out to say that the treatment has extended her life. She has spent her career working in the oncology sector and she was told about a drug that could prolong her life. The problem is that this drug is not available on the NHS. She was given three months to live when she was diagnosed but within days of her launching her campaign, she had enough for four blocks of treatment. She is from Devon and she has come out to say that the drug has in fact shrunk her tumours. It has also given her more time to spend with her husband and her three children. She came from America well over 20 years ago and then she chose to train as a nurse. She was then diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer but still returned to her job as a carer for other cancer patients. The NICE is a public body and they are the ones who authorise spending for the NHS. They have stated that the expensive new treatment does not justify the cost. Ms. Harris however has been able to raise enough money and each block of treatment comes to £21,000. To start with she only wanted to raise enough for two blocks but she has doubled her goal and this alone makes her feel as though she is vastly appreciated both as a person and professionally.

Those who work in nurse jobs, nursing jobs or doctor jobs will know how devastating cancer can be, but it’s good to see such progress being made.

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