03 November 2006
A charity for men with prostate cancer says many face a “titanic” struggle to be prescribed an approved drug.
Taxotere can improve the quality of life of patients in the later stages of the cancer, and prolong their lives.
It was approved in June by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for use in the NHS in England and Wales.
But each course costs about £7,000 and the Prostate Cancer Charity says some men are denied it on cost grounds.
Professor Nick James, of the University of Birmingham, said primary care trusts would not dare to treat women with breast cancer in the same way that they treated men with prostate cancer for fear of attracting negative media headlines.
“Essentially men with prostate cancer get a very raw deal. The people who make these funding decisions make them with one eye on how it is going to play in the media.”
Unlike the case of breast cancer, which in addition to getting vastly more funding than prostate cancer research, also has drugs that are freely available regardless of cost to women:
More than 5,000 women in the UK with early stage HER2 positive breast cancer will now be suitable to use Herceptin at an estimated cost to the NHS of £100m a year. “NICE have proved its cost effective which is what I’ve been saying from the start,” she said.
Then again, we’re just men; to the government and women we’re beneath females, children and animals. Until it comes to harvesting taxes or finding some cannon fodder.
Incidentally, I never give money to breast cancer charities. A load of women at work went on a sponsored run for breast cancer last year, and although they pointed out men could not take part, they insisted we could “do our bit” and pledge some money. I didn’t. Though I couldn’t be arsed explaining why, I just flat out refused to. It may sound harsh, but fuck it, when do any women give a shit about men’s health? They get enough taxpayers money anyway.
posted by Duncan Idaho @ 6:30 PM
At 9:02 AM, Paul Parmenter said…
This has been one of my bugbears for many years.
Quote from the article:
“Professor Nick James, of the University of Birmingham, said primary care trusts would not dare to treat women with breast cancer in the same way that they treated men with prostate cancer for fear of attracting negative media headlines.
“Essentially men with prostate cancer get a very raw deal. The people who make these funding decisions make them with one eye on how it is going to play in the media.””
In which case, it is high time we men made a real stink in the media about the blatant sexism in which our – OUR – health service is enmeshed.
Now note the predictable lies from the Department of Health:
“A Department of Health spokesman said: “A recent report showed an improvement in access to NICE approved drugs across the country.
“Though some trusts may be under financial pressure, and may need to make difficult decisions, this will not have an adverse effect on patient care.””
No adverse effect on patient care? So all those dead guys are just in our imagination. Oh wait, perhaps he is right after all. If you don’t give any patient care to begin with, you can hardly create any more adverse effect. I take it all back, the Department of Health are really honest, truthful people who care deeply about men’s health. It must be that they just can’t find a way to translate that deep care into actually doing anything about it.
In my household there are currently living four adults. Three of them receive regular invitations to attend their GP surgery or clinics for tests to check for gender-specific cancers. They receive these invitations because they are included in a national programme for such tests. Their health and protection from cancer are very important to our – OUR – health service and a lot of money is spent in that area.
The fourth member of our household receives no such invitations and is never likely to. That’s because there is no programme and no money available for any. That fourth member of our household is also the one with the lowest life expectancy, by quite some way.
Now work out the genders of the four members of our household, and who is the odd one out who can just f*** off and die for all our – OUR – health service cares.
At 3:23 PM, Anonymous said…
You are right. It is like in war: women say they are as strong as men, are equal etc.
Ok, but if they are, why are not they training for combat like men do?
Men earn less due to their service, no one talks about it.
Men get killed no one talks about it.
Men do not receive anything in return from women.
It is simply not worth it, to go to battle for women, if they do not participate.
Women are constantly treated as weaker, even so it is constantly denied.
In short: they have more rights.
At 9:55 AM, Anonymous said…
What fascinates me is I’ve been watching this article for a while now and nobody has left a comment.
Why is it that when a blogger types an article that denounces women it attracts 10-15 replies within a day but when a blogger types an article about the need to raise the status of men there is a deafening silence?
We as men are going to have to raise our voices with regards to claiming our entitlements not just as reactionary insults to women. The blog sphere is powerful, but if all we do is react then that still gives the corrupt powers that be the lead.
Men have a weakness, when we all agree to something we tend to leave it as silent common knowledge. This is being exploited by those who profit from the suffering of men, as they point and say look no-one’s interested. We need to leave our mark were it counts!!!
I hereby add my name to this cause:
I am Alastair, count me!
Come on men fill this space.
At 3:21 PM, Viking said…
They already get enough in taxes indeed. I just say that I have already give to another breast cancer charity that year. I just don’t bother to mention that the “charity” was the gov’t and that the donation was forced. While not happy, they seem satisfied with the answer and usually don’t ask for details.
At 5:08 AM, Anonymous said…
men- thats why women get thrush from an early age, so they can be prepared for later on in life when they meet a full size annoying cunt!