A new way of prescribing a cancer drug, which was tested in Cornwall, is now available to every NHS trust in the country.
Herceptin is described as a revolution in breast cancer treatment; an injection which dramatically reduces the time that patients have to spend in hospital. Experts in Cornwall are helping to pioneer this new way of administering the drug. Our health correspondent Jacquie Bird reports
Some breast cancer patients in Cornwall could benefit from faster treatment from today. The drug Herceptin can now be given by a quick injection rather than a much longer intravenous drip. It follows trials among patients at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.
A young mother is recovering after a pioneering operation at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital, using pig skin as part of reconstructive surgery. Kelly Cruse from Plymouth chose to have a double mastectomy to avoid the risk of developing breast cancer in the future.