NewsHealthSome good news from Vicky’s US cancer drug trialBy Bernie English – April 9, 2021 1382 Women with cervical cancer are being forced into silence Limerick campaigners fear that screening delays will cost lives Advertisement TAGSVicky Phelan Vicky wants the right to die with dignity WhatsApp Previous articleMunster duo selected in Champions Cup Team of the RoundNext articleNo local hotels on Covid quarantine list Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Email Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky PhelanTHERE was good news this week from Limerick cervical screening campaigner Vicky Phelan, who says she is beginning to tolerate the debilitating side effects of her cancer drug trial in the USA.And, in a second boost for her health, she was due to receive the Covid-19 vaccine this week.The mother-of-two said she feels relieved at getting some protection from the virus, which will allow her to “move around and be a tourist while I’m here on the days that I’m well”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up As she headed in to a sixth round of the drugs trial on Tuesday, she said that because of the new drug regime, her condition is improving and she has developed no new tumours.Ms Phelan came to prominence when she took court action against the HSE and the laboratory that tests Irish smear tests after a positive reading was missed until the disease had reached a terminal stage.In her most recent social media posts, she reported that the vomiting troubles which had plagued her have abated somewhat and a scan last week showed no forward march in her condition.She has left her apartment in Bethesda to move over the border from Maryland into Virginia, where she will be based in Oldtown, Alexandria, about a half hour away from the hospital where she is undergoing treatment.She said doctors on the medical trial have now upped her medication dosage and this will escalate in weeks to come, along with giving her various drugs to combat the sickness which can be a side affect of treating cancer.She added that while the sickness has eased and she still is quite groggy from the effects of medication, she has not had to be admitted to hospital for fluids, “so maybe my body is finally starting to adjust to this medication.”She said the new drugs are “the only alternative for the type of sickness that I have … I’ll take that any day over the sickness.” Vicky Phelan rejects claim that dying with dignity bill threatens palliative care Vicky considers experimental drug trial as cancer spreads Vicky to celebrate recovery by lighting up Limerick Linkedin Twitter
Dr Monarch, the co-clinical director of the primary care network which incorporates all three surgeries, thanked the school for “bending over backwards” to accommodate the medical staff. The Cherwell School, a secondary school in North Oxford, has become the first vaccination centre in the city. Patients at Banbury Road Medical Centre, Summertown Health Centre and 19 Beaumont Street Surgery are all set to receive their jabs at the site. Over the weekend healthcare professionals planned to deliver over 1,000 vaccines to the most vulnerable Oxford residents. Meanwhile, a local landlord has offered his pubs as vaccination sites, even if it means losing out on more than £250,000 in business grants from the government. “The hospitality sector has the venues, it has the infrastructure, the venues are sitting empty, and our offer even includes a contribution towards the cost of the scheme. We want to help the Government and the people of the UK beat COVID-19 because the quicker we’re vaccinated, the more lives we save, the more jobs we save, the more businesses we save, and we’re prepared to do whatever it takes to see that happen.” The first vaccinations in the Oxford community have been given to elderly and vulnerable residents in the gym of a local school. He also noted that other venues in Oxford had been keen to allow healthcare staff to use their own spaces as temporary vaccination clinics in order to speed up the rollout of the vaccine. The gym was deemed a suitable site for vaccinations given its high roof and ample space for social distancing. Image: Labpluto123 / Wikimedia Commons. Mr King, who manages pubs in areas around Oxford, such as Abingdon and Witney, believes it will be more beneficial to both the economy and society in the long run to ensure everyone is vaccinated as quickly as possible. “Our pubs have large indoor spaces and in some cases large car parks and accommodation, which could accommodate large numbers of people around the clock. Clearly, the money offered by the Chancellor yesterday would help us in the short-term, but realistically the only way all of us can get back to normal is to get the country vaccinated. We would rather let the Government keep their hand-out to invest it in using hospitality venues as vaccination centres for the greater good of all. Initially the Pfizer vaccine has been rolled out to patients in the community. However, the surgeries plan to begin to use the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in care homes across the city this week. Dermot King, the chief executive of Oakman Inns, said “The only route to any normality is through mass vaccination and for that the NHS needs to be able to work at scale. The entire hospitality industry is desperate to re-open as quickly as possible before we have huge scale redundancies across the sector.
The lawyer added that the two women had been in detention since 2007. The Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur had given him information about the arrest as well as a confirmation of the detention and its circumstances.West Java Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Saptono Erlangga said the police had not received any information about the case.Read also: ‘Sunda Empire’ leaders, with mission ‘to settle debts at the World Bank’, arrested for fraudAgung Cahaya Sumirat, a spokesperson from the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, said the two women, both in their thirties, were still in detention. Agung added that the embassy and the Indonesian Consulate General in Kuching had interviewed the detainees to clarify their citizenship. However, both women insisted that they were not Indonesian citizens.“We have done at least three interviews. They don’t want to claim their Indonesian citizenship status,” said Agung on June 19, as quoted by tribunnews.com.Earlier this year, many Indonesians became aware of self-proclaimed kingdoms within territories widely considered to belong to Indonesia. Footage of the activities of these groups were circulated on the internet. One of the groups was the Sunda Empire, based in Bandung, West Java, which professed to be on a mission to settle the country’s debt with the World Bank by 2020.In addition to the Sunda Empire, internet users were surprised by the emergence of “Keraton Agung Sejagat” or the “World Empire”, another self-proclaimed kingdom based in Purworejo regency, Central Java, claiming to be the successor to the ancient Majapahit Empire.Many of those involved in the establishment of the self-proclaimed kingdoms were charged with fraud.The emergence of unrecognized kingdoms has concerned academics and historical observers, who fear that the past grandeur of ancient kingdoms could be used for deception and gaining power. (syk)Topics : The Immigration Department of Malaysia has detained two “royal members” of the self-proclaimed Sunda Empire for 13 years. In 2007, the two women tried to enter the country with invalid passports and refused to identify themselves as Indonesian citizens.A lawyer representing the group’s leaders, identified as Erwin, said the two detainees were Fathia Reza and Lamira Roro, daughters of the so-called grand prime minister of the Sunda Empire, Nasri Banks, and a woman who goes by the title “her royal imperial highness”, Raden Ratna Ningrum.“They were detained because officials deemed they were stateless. When they were asked whether they were Indonesian citizens, they answered no and asserted that they were citizens of the Sunda Empire,” Erwin said on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.