HEALTH NOTES: U-turn over 'magical' cancer drug

Mail Online | 7/22/2019 | Mail on Sunday Reporter
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A breast cancer drug dubbed ‘magical’ by experts is now being made available to more NHS patients.

Ribociclib, also known by the brand name Kisqali, costs £35,000 a year and is one of a new class of targeted therapies that act on specific characteristics of tumours rather than the ‘carpet-bombing’ approach of chemotherapy, which destroys healthy cells too.

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It has been shown to help when other drugs have stopped working. The daily pill allows women with the most common type of advanced, incurable breast cancer to live longer, healthier lives by blocking an enzyme that helps tumour cells divide.

In April, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence barred doctors from offering the drug to patients who were also being given an older, commonly prescribed breast cancer hormone drug, fulvestrant – to the anger of campaigners and doctors. But the watchdog has now reversed its decision, recognising that the combination of fulvestrant and ribociclib controlled the disease for an additional eight months, compared to fulvestrant alone.

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