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A Human Right To Life

3715202910?profile=RESIZE_710xThe Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a cornerstone of the modern world. The Declaration gives everyone the right to life, freedom, and safety from harm. In New Zealand we value and respect the Declaration. We promote human rights internationally. So, why are we denying New Zealand citizens right to live through life saving medicines? Head and neck cancer patients facing a life threatening illness should have access to Keytruda a potential life saver. We want to see every person every time having access to the same standard of care. 

We believe all citizens of New zealand have the right to life saving medicines. 

We believe Keytruda should be a fully funded treatment option for any New Zealander that needs it. 

Please sign Diana Ayling’s Petition to fund Keytruda. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_89949/petition-of-diana-ayling-for-head-and-neck-cancer-support 

 

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Fair Treatment for all

3715190423?profile=RESIZE_710xUnder Right 4 of the New Zealand Patient Code of Rights, you have the right to receive good care and support that meets your needs. That means that all options for treatment should be available to you. This is even more important if you have a life threatening illness. If you have metestatic head and neck cancer and Keytruda is a treatment option it should be provided to you. If not, why not? 

We believe all citizens of New zealand have the right to life saving medicines. 

We believe Keytruda should be a fully funded treatment option for any New Zealander that needs it. 

Please sign Diana Ayling’s Petition to fund Keytruda. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_89949/petition-of-diana-ayling-for-head-and-neck-cancer-support 

 

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Keytruda versus Cancer

Keytruda is an immunotherapy medicine for the treatment of cancer. For those head and neck cancer patients who have mestatic squamous cell cancer, this is a new treatment option. Previously patients were treated with platinum therapies - chemo therapy. However, now we are meeting people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, completely cancer free following treatment with Keytruda.

In New Zealand Keytruda is not publicly funded. So those who can afford to pay for the expensive treatment can access it. Those who cannot afford it are prepared for end of life.

We believe Keytruda should be a fully funded treatment option for any New Zealander that needs it. 

Please sign Diana Ayling’s Petition to fund Keytruda. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_89949/petition-of-diana-ayling-for-head-and-neck-cancer-support 

 

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