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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:


Meeting to detail plans for children's heart surgery review

A meeting will take place in London to give patients' groups more information about a review into the future of children's heart surgery in England, including at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

NHS experts want to close some units and concentrate expertise in others.

Yesterday, it was announced that no decision would be taken until next year at the earliest.

Watch: No decision on children's heart surgery until June 2014


Sir Leonard Fenwick: "Parents choose Newcastle because of breadth of service"

The chief executive of Newcastle Hospitals Foundation Trust says a new campaign to build a "home from home" at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle shows confidence in the future of the heart unit, which is being looked at as part of a nationwide review by the Health Department.

Sir Leonard Fenwick said: "Parents and their supporters choose to come to Newcastle because of the outcomes and the breadth of service."

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