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Manchester 250: Tuesday 4 September

Cancer drug trial comes to Manchester and Boy George in a spot of bother

Published on September 4th 2007.

CANCER PATIENTS who were denied a new drug on the NHS may be able to get free treatment by way of a clinical trial taking place in Manchester. The drug, Sutent, can potentially double the life expectancy of patients with kidney cancer. Showbiz friends of the late Anthony Wilson forked out the £3,500-a-month cancer treatment after he was denied treatment on the NHS. Professor Bob Hawkins from Christie hospital said: “We would like [Sutent] to be available for every patient. We would encourage patients to go into the trials of new treatments because that's the only way we're going to make progress.”

POSTCODE PREJUDICE is to be reviewed as Manchester’s top employers aim to cut unemployment in Moss Side. Manchester University has already conducted a review and it is expected that Greater Manchester Police, Manchester Council and many other members of the Central Manchester Employers’ Alliance will follow suit.

BOY GEORGE is at Manchester High court today following allegations that he and his managers kept the fee for a cancelled gig. The singer, whose real name is George O’Dowd, pulled out of the concert in the USA back in October 2005. The gig was organised to launch a Manchester promoters’ business. They claim that bad press caused the business to fail.

INJURED PLAYERS Valeri Bojinov and Andreas Isaksson are set to return to the City of Manchester stadium sooner than expected. Striker, Bojinov, will return before Christmas and goalkeeper Isaksson is set to return for the next Premier League game.

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