Patients in England will be first to access seven-minute cancer jab

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NHS is first health system to offer injection to hundreds of patients which will cut treatment times by up to three quarters

Patients in England will become the first in the world to benefit from a jab that treats cancer in seven minutes.

It is expected that the majority of these people will now get the drug via a seven-minute injection instead of intravenously, which usually takes 30 minutes to an hour.The drug is known as a checkpoint inhibitor and works by helping the immune system find and kill cancer cells. “Maintaining the best possible quality of life for cancer patients is vital, so the introduction of faster under-the-skin injections will make an important difference.”

“We are delighted that NHS patients across England have access to the subcutaneous PD-L1 cancer immunotherapy injection.” In patients with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer, clinical trials have shown atezolizumab can reduce the risk of cancer recurrence or death by 34%, following surgery and chemotherapy.

The move is expected to almost double the current capacity, allowing patients to access more effective products.

Source: Healthcare Press (healthcarepress.net)

 

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