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Organisers defend Tour de France event ticket charge

Tour de France organisers in Yorkshire have defended their decision to charge up to £85 a ticket for the Team Presentation at Leeds Arena.

Leeds Arena to host Tour de France event
Leeds Arena to host Tour de France event

Tickets go on sale on Friday, but some claim these ceremonies are usually free.

Welcome to Yorkshire insists it's a not-for-profit event and that money made will help ensure it's the biggest Team Presentation ever.

Rejected drug described as "cruise missile" for cancer

Kadcyla, a drug that can offer some women with advanced breast cancer nearly six months of extra life, which was trialled here in the North East, has for now been rejected for use in the NHS, because of its high cost.

A Newcastle doctor whose patients have been involved in the clinical trials is disappointed by the decision.

Dr Mark Verrill, from the Freeman Hospital, say the drug is revolutionary.

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Breast cancer patient: £90,000 drug changed my life

A patient using the breast cancer drug Kadcyla, which could be blocked from routine NHS access because it is too expensive, told ITV News the treatment had improved her quality of life.

"I was in quite a bad state, and within about two cycles my life felt like it had turned a corner. I was able to do things I wasn't able to do prior to being on this treatment," Mani said of the drug, which currently costs around £90,000 per patient.

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