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Breast cancer patient: £90,000 drug changed my life

A patient using the breast cancer drug Kadcyla, which could be blocked from routine NHS access because it is too expensive, told ITV News the treatment had improved her quality of life.

"I was in quite a bad state, and within about two cycles my life felt like it had turned a corner. I was able to do things I wasn't able to do prior to being on this treatment," Mani said of the drug, which currently costs around £90,000 per patient.

Breast cancer drug that can prolong lives turned down

A drug that was trialled in Portsmouth and can prolong the lives of breast cancer sufferers by nearly six months has been refused by the NHS because of costs.The Herceptin type drug was trialled in Portsmouth but can cost up to £90,000 per patient.

We speak to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's Andrew Dillion about the new drug and what he thinks about the NHS' decision to refuse the expensive treatment.

The watchdog, which decides which new medicines are cost effective, said its guidance for Kadcyla, manufactured by Roche, or trastuzumab emtansine, was in draft form and is now up for public consultation.

Meanwhile patients will be able to apply to their local NHS and to the Cancer Drugs Fund.

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Anikka's ambition

When Anikka Burton was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was overwhelmed with bouquets of flowers and gifts sent by well-wishers. Although she was touched by their kindness, she was unable to enjoy many of the gifts and they went to waste. But her experience gave her an idea.

Anikka set up a business selling products which cancer patients would find useful and that wouldn't interfere with treatment. Charlotte Wilkins reports

Following in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie...

If you found out you carried the breast cancer gene, would you opt for a double mastectomy? Well after Angelina Jolie went public about her decision to have the life saving surgery, tests for the breast cancer gene have risen by 67% and double mastectomies have quadrupled.

It is no longer a taboo subject and many women have spoken out about how it has changed their lives. But one group has gone a step further. They have taken the brave step of stripping off for a calendar to try and dispel the myths and raise money for charity. David Wood reports.

Watercress could help fight breast cancer

Scientists are looking into whether watercress could help fight breast cancer Credit: ITV Meridian

The University of Reading is playing a leading role in a new study which will look at the effects of breast cancer patients eating watercress.

Female volunteers, who are at the early stages of the disease, will eat 100g of watercress every day for eight weeks to see if it has any impact on treatment.

Blood samples will be taken from the volunteers and sent to Reading for expert analysis.

The trial is part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October and is aiming to show how important a healthy diet is during radiotherapy treatment.

Previous research has shown that several compounds within watercress have properties that can fight cancer.

It is also full of vitamins and minerals, providing more Vitamin C than an orange and more iron than spinach.

Breast cancer drug Herceptin in a 5 minute injection

It is described as a revolution in breast cancer treatment, an injection which dramatically reduces the time that patients must spend in hospital. Until now, women prescribed the drug Herceptin have received it via a drip, which is time consuming and painful.

From today though, they have the alternative of a five minute injection. Helen Ford reports.

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South prepares for breast cancer campaign

MP supports cancer charity
MP Stephen Metcalfe has joined the fight against breast cancer Credit: Breast cancer campaign

The wear it pink campaign has so far raised more than £23 million and the next event will be supported once again for the south.

The MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in this year's campaign.

It is estimated to be the Breast Cancer Campaign's biggest fundraiser to help lifesaving research.

Mr Metcalfe commented:

“Every year in the UK around 50,000 women and around 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly 12,000 women and 80 men die from this disease. This is why we need to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s fundraising efforts so they can continue to fund research which will one day lead to a cure."

Eastleigh MP joins campaign to fight breast cancer

Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton has joined the fight against breast cancer Credit: Breast Cancer Campaign

Mike Thornton, MP for Eastleigh, is taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign's biggest and pinkest fundraiser 'wear it pink' day.

He said, "Every year in the UK, around 50,000 women and 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly, 12,000 women and 80 men die from the disease.

"We need to support Breast Cancer Campaign's fundraising efforts to they can continue to fund research which will one day lead to a cure."

Over the last ten years, 'wear it pink' has raised £23 million. On Friday 25th October this year, people will come together to raise money for the campaign.

To register for 'wear it pink' and receive a fundrasing pack, click here.

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