Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Six Men Whose Futures Would Be Changed

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Six Men Whose Futures Would Be Changed

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Bill Short, 74, was left desperately ill after being diagnosed with the asbestos-related lung cancer mesothelioma.

Doctors at North Tyneside Hospital advised he should receive Alimta.

But after discovering the drug was not available on the NHS, he launched legal proceedings against his primary care trust to get the treatment.

Widower Mr Short, of King's Road, Wallsend, lost his wife Rita aged 59 to breast cancer in 1989.

He believes he came into contact with asbestos while working at Blyth Power Station.

His daughter Susan Reay said: "We are 100% behind the Chronicle's campaign."

Arthur Tiffin, 52, from Walbottle in Newcastle, has only months to live after being struck down by lung cancer mesothelioma.

He trained as a pipefitter with a Jesmond engineering firm and then worked with asbestos all his life.

He now faces paying pounds 24,000 to receive the drug at the Nuffield Hospital.

But he is fighting to get it for free before his son is married in February.

Arthur said paying for the drug means losing his live savings, which he had hoped would keep his wife Cora and two children safe after his death.

He said that he will fight until his death to make the drug available for North East sufferers.

David Gavin, 54, of Felling in Gateshead, worked in shipyards on Tyneside all his life.

He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in August and at the time he was told he had only six months left to live.

He has now been forced to move to Liverpool to receive the drug on the NHS.

He is living with his sister and has had two treatments with the drug.

He is now able to walk further than he could two months ago and says he feels great. …

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