Guidelines scrapped that said men must wait for chemotherapy drug until hormone-based treatments had stopped working.
The NHS has fast-tracked a drug that can extend the lives of men with advanced prostate cancer by more than a year following clinical studies and it can now be prescribed immediately.
The announcement scraps the previous guidelines that patients had to wait for the chemotherapy drug docetaxel until existing hormone-based treatments had stopped working.
Angela Culhane the chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK said the announcement was great news for men newly diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.
‘It is critical that specialists are made aware that this use of docetaxel treatment is available so that no man misses out.
Earlier docetaxel must become the standard for men who can benefit from it and we will continue applying pressure until we are sure this is the case’.
Culhane said: ‘This fast-track response to new evidence indicates what can be achieved when there is the will in the system. It must set a precedent for other treatments that demonstrate clear clinical benefit when used in different ways’.
(ed:..and when will we get this in new zealand..?..soon..and ‘fast-tracked’..?..prostate cancer sufferers here would hope..)