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Stoke-on-Trent Herceptin campaigner an 'inspiration'

Consultant Murray Brunt
Mr Griffiths said the bar had been set for patients to fight for their rights

A Staffordshire woman who fought for NHS patients to be treated with a life-prolonging breast cancer drug, was "an inspiration", her consultant has said.

Dot Griffiths, of Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, led a group of women who fought to be prescribed Herceptin for free.

She died in the city's Douglas Macmillan Hospice on 23 April where she had been since 6 April.

Consultant Murray Brunt said she fought tirelessly for the cause even though the drug could not help her.

'Long legacy'

"She was someone who really wanted to help others," he explained.

Mr Brunt, who was her doctor for 10 years, added: "She campaigned tirelessly for others, particularly when Herceptin first was used for early-stage breast cancer, a situation she wasn't in and yet she campaigned for others and was an inspiration for the other women to fight."

He said her achievement had set the standard for breast cancer patients and other patients to fight for their rights.

Her son, Robert, 36, said his mother had "left a long-lasting legacy" that all those who knew her could be proud of.

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