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Rejected drug described as "cruise missile" for cancer

Kadcyla, a drug that can offer some women with advanced breast cancer nearly six months of extra life, which was trialled here in the North East, has for now been rejected for use in the NHS, because of its high cost.

A Newcastle doctor whose patients have been involved in the clinical trials is disappointed by the decision.

Dr Mark Verrill, from the Freeman Hospital, say the drug is revolutionary.

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Injection reduces treatment time for breast cancer patients

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:

Gateshead pop star praises Jolie's mastectomy decision

Former Liberty X star Michelle Heaton praised Angelina Jolie for making public her decision to have a double mastectomy.

The pop star from Gateshead had the same surgery last year.

Both women were diagnosed with faulty BRCA genes which greatly increase the risk of developing breast cancer.

Both opted for preventative surgery, and then both decided to go public with that decision in the hope of supporting other women.

Speaking to ITV's Daybreak, Michelle said: "It can only be a positive that the BRCA genes are being raised in the media.

"Before I was diagnosed with having the BRCA gene, I hadn't even heard of it and now those women who may not have even wanted or knew to get tested are now stepping forward and this is going to save lives."

Breast cancer symptoms: Know the signs

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Pop star praises Angelina Jolie's mastectomy decision

Former Liberty X star Michelle Heaton. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Former Liberty X star Michelle Heaton has praised Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer.

The pop star from Gateshead had the same surgery last year.

Breast cancer symptoms: Know the signs

New breast cancer drug could soon be available on prescription

A ground-breaking new drug to treat breast cancer is being trialled in hospitals across the North East.

Early experiments have shown that Pertuzumab, also known as Perjeta, can help to extend the life of women who are suffering from incurable and recurring breast cancer.

Dr Mark Verrill from the Northern Centre for Cancer Care told ITV News that the new drug could be available on prescription in the near future.