Cancer drugs campaigner dies

Mark Bannister Photo: Calendar

A former soldier from Lincolnshire, who campaigned to get access to drugs, has died from a brain tumour.

Mark Bannister from Gainsborough took on the NHS to be allowed Avastin, which could have helped stop the tumour from growing. But he got the treatment too late and it had no effect on him.

Avastin works by preventing blood vessels from reaching the tumour, but it is very expensive. As a result it is not widely available and in a lot of cases down to Cancer Drugs Funds as to whether patients can have it.

Mr Bannister was first diagnosed in 2003, but told last year the cancer had spread. He leaves behind his wife and two children.