A drug that can extend the lives of some women with an advanced form of breast cancer has been rejected for NHS use because it is too expensive.
The high price of Kadcyla makes it "impossible" to recommend for widespread use in the health service, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said.
The drug, also known as trastuzumab emtansine, is used to treat breast cancer patients with HER2-positive breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. It is used when the cancer cannot be surgically removed and the patient has stopped responding to initial treatments.
It can offer these women a last hope, extending the lives of patients by around six months.
But final draft guidance from Nice says that the drug, which costs around £90,000 per patient at its full price, it too expensive to recommend for widespread use in the health service.
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.
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.
The speech therapy team from Salisbury District Hospital have written up their years of experience and knowledge into a handbook for families across the country.
The book draws on expert knowledge and provides advice for families and teachers on how to help their child with cleft lip and palate speech disorders.
Speech therapist Ginette Phippen, the brainchild behind the book, said: “The regional Spires Cleft Centre based in Salisbury and Oxford is one of 10 specialist centres in the country.
"The centre provides specialist treatment to around 100 new babies a year and overtime we’ve built up a wide range of knowledge which has informed clinical practice across the country.
"The aim of the book was to pool all our experience and expertise with best practice from other centres across the country and collate this in one easy-to-use handbook.”
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Southampton's university hospitals have been named most improved centre in the country by cancer patients.
The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust recorded some of the highest scores in the country.
91% of patients said they were given clear verbal and written explanations of tests, investigations and operations as well as saying their overall cancer care was 'excellent' or 'very good'.
Three quarters of patients had confidence in the doctors and nurses treating them.
69% also said their families were given the opportunity to talk to hospital doctors.
The national cancer patient experience survey, published by NHS England, questioned 116,000 patients across 155 NHS Trusts about their care, treatment and communication from doctors and nurses.