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:
More top news
A look at the forecast for the Tyne Tees region.
ITV Tyne Tees investigates just how easy it is to get hold of legal highs and reveals exactly what chemicals are contained in them.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man's body was found in a South Shields back alley.