Fundraising concert for breast cancer patient refused cash for treatment

A concert to raise funds for a mother refused life extending breast cancer treatment is being held in Porthcawl.

BBC Radio Wales host Roy Noble will host the event at the Hi-Tide Inn on Tuesday, November 26.

Beth Margetson, 49, from Nottage, who has metastatic breast cancer, was refused funding by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board for a course of Afinitor, which can cost up to £68,000.

She now pays for the drug herself at a cost of £3,000 a month.

The concert will be opened by Porthcawl Male Voice Choir with performances by Urdd Aelwyd Youth Choir, X-Factor contestant Katie Dennis, Dave Bartlett, Roger Clatworthy, Miss Tina’s School of Dance and Mrs Margetson’s daughter, Ffion, 15.

Despite being seriously ill Mrs Margetson is continuing to campaign for Afinitor to be funded in Wales.

Last month she led a protest to the Senedd.

After the former midwife was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, oncologists at Cardiff’s Velindre Hospital recommended she take Afinitor to stop the cancer spreading.

But the drug is not readily available on the NHS in Wales because it is not recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (Nice) – partly due to cost.

Mrs Margetson and husband Chris, 46, are appealing against the health board’s decision to refuse funding and have spent £40,000 on treatments.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg has said it can’t comment while an appeal is ongoing and the Welsh Government says although Afinitor is not recommended by Nice, it can be prescribed in excep-tional clinical circumstances.

The concert starts at 7.30pm.

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