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Liver cancer drug 'too expensive'

19 Nov 09

A drug that can prolong the lives of patients with advanced liver cancer has been rejected for use in the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) said the cost of Nexavar - about £3,000 a month - was "simply too high".


But Macmillan Cancer Support said the decision was "a scandal".


More than 3,000 people are diagnosed with liver cancer every year in the UK and their prognosis is generally poor.


Only about 20% of patients are alive one year after diagnosis, dropping to just 5% after five years.


'Disappointed'

Campaigner Kate Spall, who won the right to have two months of treatment for her mother, Pamela Northcott, in 2007, said it had prolonged her life by four-and-a-half "precious" months.



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