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An injection is available from today which dramatically reduces the time that some breast cancer patients must spend in hospital.
Until now, women prescribed the drug Herceptin have received it via a drip, which is time consuming and can be painful.
In the future they have the alternative of a five minute injection, which will be routinely available across England and Wales.
The drug is used to treat a type of breast cancer known as HER2-positive. Newcastle's Freeman Hospital is among the centres which has been trialling the new method.
Helen Ford has been speaking to some of those involved. Watch her report here:
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A new method of treating breast cancer is available from today, following trials in the North East.