The new batch of breast cancer cuts treatment time from two and a half hours to five minutes, UK News
A new burst of breast cancer that only takes five minutes to administer not only shortens hospital staff time but also reduces the risk of COVID infection for patients.
The Phesgo treatment is being introduced across England by the NHS and is being offered to breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
It will be available to people with HER2 positive breast cancer, which makes up 15% of all of these cancers.
Baroness Delyth Morgan, director of the Breast Cancer Now charity, described Phesgo’s NHS approval as “fantastic news”.
She said thousands of women would benefit from “faster, friendlier” treatment.
“This more efficient method of treatment reduces the time patients spend in hospital and also promises to free valuable time for healthcare professionals when the NHS is already under unprecedented stress as a result COVID-19“added Baroness Morgan.
More than 3,600 new patients will benefit from treatment each year, according to NHS England.
Phesgo is a fixed-dose combination of the drugs pertuzumab and trastuzumab, both of which would previously have been given as separate intravenous infusions.
It is used to treat all stages of HER2-positive breast cancer in combination with chemotherapy.
The treatment takes only five minutes to prepare and administer, compared to two infusions, which can take up to two and a half hours, NHS England said.
The news comes after Breast Cancer Now warned about it In the UK, almost 11,000 people could be living with undiagnosed breast cancer due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The charity said fewer referrals and less access to treatment combined with an interruption in breast screening programs resulted in 10,700 fewer people diagnosed with breast cancer between March and December 2020 than expected.
Paula Lamb of Newton-le-Willows in St. Helens was one of the first patients to receive the new treatment, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, and described her as a “life changer”.
She said, “It feels absolutely amazing … and it really couldn’t have come a better time when the ban is lifted and I can stop shielding myself.”
“I’m currently taking a combination of drugs that take about an hour and a half to two hours to give, and I have to go to the hospital every three weeks to get them.
“A five-minute session means I have more time to walk, garden, knit, and help my daughter practice her cricket skills.
“It’s a real life changer.”
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