Will all the “new treatments” heralded by the press be equally available in your part of the UK health services. Post code rationing is here and now. Good news anecdotal stories of successful treatments are irrelevant when compared with large numbers…. Dead patients don’t vote and we try to forget / ignore and deficiencies in their treatment. If we allow local rationing of cheaper services we should recognise the need for national rationing of some expensive treatments.. The worst outcome is what we have now: local covert rationing of expensive treatments…. How can we still call our system a National Health Service?
Perjeta can help shrink breast cancer tumours before patients undergo surgery to remove them
drug that can help shrink breast cancer tumours before patients undergo surgery to remove them has been approved for use in the NHS, after the manufacturer agreed a substantial discount on the list price.
Perjeta, the brand name of pertuzumab, could be helpful in the treatment of 1,400 women a year who develop a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer, but it was initially turned down by Nice, the National Institute for Healthcare Excellence, because of the high price set by the manufacturer, Roche.
Nice said it was also uncertain that the drug treatment would help prevent the cancer coming back……
Chris Smyth June 1st in The Times: Doctors hail ‘spectacular’ step towards cancer cure
and May 27th Pioneering new front in war on cancer
and October 10th: New cancer drugs use body’s own defences
and December 18th 2015: NHS cost battle over cancer ‘vaccine’
16th September 2016: Immunotherapy – Scientists advance on the great goals of medicine