Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Hope for Thousands Hit by Cancer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Hope for Thousands Hit by Cancer

Article excerpt

CANCER patients are set to benefit from a new treatment on the NHS.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has recommended cancer drug Alimta as a first-line treatment for a type of lung cancer.

It gives new hope to thousands of sufferers across the country. Yet scores of patients across the North East have already been treated with the drug, which was approved for use in the region's hospitals earlier this year.

Treatments of Alimta in conjunction with platinum-based drug cisplatin were approved by the North of England Cancer Drug Approvals Group in January.

A spokesperson for the North of England Cancer Drug Approvals Group said: "The North East has a strong track record in approving cancer drugs for use by the region's patients.

"We welcome Nice's announcement today to recommend the use of this combination as it supports our decision seven months ago to approve this drug.

"We expected 120 patients each year to benefit from this drug and since January when we approved it we believe that 60 patients have received it. …

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