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Researchers say a new drug for breast cancer will give patients vital extra time.
The drug called Kadcyla was trialled in Manchester and is now available to patients for the first time.
Doctors say it can extend women's lives by almost six months for those with the most aggressive form of the disease.
Around thirteen hundred women in England could benefit from the drug, which costs £6,000 a month.
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A new drug for terminal breast cancer sufferers is "a lifesaver" for women who have had been having chemeo therapy for a long time, one patient told Daybreak.
Mani Coulter said Kadcyla reduced the cancer "immediately" and had "minimal" side effects because it was a targeted drug.
Professor Peter Barrett-Lee is the Medical director at Velindre Cancer Centre. A new drug Kadcyla is available for patients to use today. At the moment it can only be used to prolong the life of suffers in the later stages of breast-cancer.
But Professor Peter Barrett-Lee says in the future, the drug could be further developed 'to cure breast cancer.'
Plans to roll out a "revolutionary" breast cancer drug across the UK are "a huge step forward", according to health campaigners.
Kadcyla will be available on the cancer drugs fund, a move which will make "a significant difference" to breast cancer sufferers who have stopped responding to chemo, according to Dr Caitlin Palframan.
A breast cancer drug for women who have stopped responding to conventional medicine has been launched in the UK.
Kadcyla - also called T-DM1 - will be given to terminal patients who have stopped responding to more established medicines, like Herceptin and chemotherapy.
It is only suitable for patients with the defective Her2 gene and trial results have shown it can extend life by six months compared with treatment with two other drugs, lapatinib (Tyverb) and capecitabine (a type of chemotherapy).
Kadcyla is administered intravenously once every three weeks.
Breast Cancer Campaign's Mia Rosenblatt said: "Today's announcement that this revolutionary new drug is now available to patients with advanced HER2-positive breast cancer (around 20% of those with breast cancer), is really encouraging news.
"It has been shown to extend life by up to six months and have more manageable side effects than other existing treatments."
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