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New breast cancer drug available for UK terminal patients

A drug which treats aggressive, terminal breast cancer will be available to women across the UK as of today. Kadcyla is being hailed as a first of its kind in breast cancer as it allows chemotherapy to be delivered directly to cancer cells.

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Roll out of new breast cancer drug 'a huge step forward'

Plans to roll out a "revolutionary" breast cancer drug across the UK are "a huge step forward", according to health campaigners.

Kadcyla will be available on the cancer drugs fund, a move which will make "a significant difference" to breast cancer sufferers who have stopped responding to chemo, according to Dr Caitlin Palframan.

Kadcyla has been shown to extend life by up to six months in HER2-positive secondary breast cancer patients, and with more manageable side effects than alternative drugs.

It has the potential to provide women with a better quality of life in their final months than existing treatments, which could make a significant difference.

A thousand women die from metastatic, or secondary, breast cancer every month in the UK and this treatment has the potential to provide some of them not only with additional time, but importantly, quality time to spend with their friends and families.

– Dr Caitlin Palframan Breakthrough Breast Cancer

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