A mum said she was ‘absolutely elated’ after a cancer drug was re-approved for use by the NHS following her online petition.
Jemma Peacock, of Storrington, was expecting her second child when she was diagnosed in 2010 with Wild Type Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST), an incurable form of cancer.
One of the drugs that Jemma may need in the future is Regorafenib, which could enable her to live a longer life.
However, it was announced earlier this year that the drug was to be removed from the Cancer Drug Fund (CDF) by NHS England after changes in funding.
In a desperate attempt to keep the drug on the NHS, the mum-of-two launched an e-petition and collected 100,000 signatures to provoke a parliamentary debate on the issue.
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert got behind the campaign after meeting Jemma in April and joined forces with Sir Nicholas Soames MP who also took up the issue on behalf of his constituent, Sam Waller.
A huge weight has been lifted off my shouldersJemma Peacock
Now the NHS has announced that Regorafenib will continue to be offered on the scheme.
“I’m proud and grateful to everyone who got involved and a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” said the 31-year-old.
Jemma said that reinstating the treatment meant that if she is told her cancer has progressed or grown, she will now have access to the drug.
She said: “It’s made my outlook on life a lot more positive.
“I’ve made friends through this campaign and they’re affected the same way as me.
“We’re all really proud of ourselves for the work we did and we feel like we achieved a fantastic thing.”
Mr Herbert said: “I am delighted that the treatment which Jemma may need will be available.”
Mr Soames added: “This is such good news.”
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