A teacher diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer today said she was extremely disappointed the health watchdog has turned down a "life-saving" drug for use on the NHS.
Barbara Moss, 55, (below) said she was "living proof" that Avastin works.
In November 2006, she was given three months to live after doctors discovered the cancer had spread to her liver. After two treatments of Avastin, her grapefruit-sized tumour shrank to half its size and she could have surgery. She has been in remission for 18 months.
Mrs Moss said the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) had put a "value on life" after it said the price was too high for the extra benefit it gives patients.
Moss, from Worcester, said: "To say that I am disappointed is an understatement. I am still here – alive.
"I have seen people dying who were less ill than I was. They could have been alive if they had it.
"It seems immoral to me that, as a result of negative Nice decisions like this one, people's choice of living or dying depends on whether they can afford a drug, because it isn't available to them on the NHS."