Campaigner Vicky Phelan urged the Government to make cervical cancer drugs available to all Irish women


Cervical survivors Check Vicky Phelan urged the government to provide care for women throughout Ireland.

The drug, pembrolizumab, significantly shrinks Ms. Phelan's cancerous tumors in just three doses.

Pembrolizumab is being offered to 221 women who were shocked by the CervicalCheck scandal.

But the campaigner said that care must be available for all women who might need it.

Vicky Phelan at the launch of the 221+ Cervical Support Patient Support Group, held in Farmleigh, Dublin

The Kilkenny native said that he felt uncomfortable knowing that he had access to it while others did not.

Ms Phelan said at Claire Byrne Show late Tuesday: "For me, there is no brain if you can target this drug and you get a high score and your tumor will respond, you can live with this disease."

The mother-of-two, who now lives at Annacotty in Limerick, raised the scandal close after she launched the High Court case against HSE and the Clinical Pathology Laboratory, Austin, Texas for an inaccurate smear test

Treatment for pembro drugs costs € 8,500 for one dose every three weeks.

Vicky Phelan, a cancer patient whose case triggered a cervical smear test controversy arrived at Leinster House, Dublin, to provide evidence to the Public Account Committee

Patients are advised to drink it for two years.

Another woman who spoke at the event was Aine Morgan from Co Galway who said that the pembro had been the only choice since undergoing chemo and radiotherapy.

Ms Morgan called for the drug to be given as part of clinical trials because of its exorbitant costs.

This treatment is replaced by HSE for patients who meet certain criteria for certain types of melanoma and lung cancer.

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