Patricia Tear, a sole caregiver to children aged 9 and 11, was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year. She had surgery followed by chemo but suffered from cardio-toxicity from the chemo drug, known as 5-FU.

Her doctors applied to Pharmac for an alternative, unfunded drug but it was declined. It’s left Ms Tear feeling abandoned by the health system. “Up the creek without a paddle as far as I’m concerned. I’m one of the ones that have just been sent home, forgotten about.”

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