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First cervical cancer drug for 10 years: Trial shows Avastin gives women around four months of extra life

Women with advanced cervical cancer – the most common cancer afflicting young women – are to get the first officially approved new treatment for a decade. Trials show Avastin, which is used in several other cancers, gives women around four months’ extra life. The drug plus chemotherapy has now been licensed by European regulators. Patients will have access via the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) until it is considered for routine NHS use. It has been available in England via the CDF since last March pending licensing.

Each year an estimated 600 women with advanced cervical cancer could benefit from Avastin, costing £3,370 for a month’s treatment. The drug’s use was accelerated by the US Food and Drug Administration which approved Avastin plus chemotherapy for advanced cervical cancer in August 2014.Nearly 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK each year, and it kills around 1,000 women.

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Newlywed dies of cervical cancer after being ‘too young’ for a smear test

A young woman died from cervical cancer just four months after her wedding, having been repeatedly told she was too young for a smear test.
Dawn Weston was refused a smear test when we she went to the doctors with crippling back pain at the age of 24.
But months later she was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer.
She was refused a test as the age limit in the UK is 25 but just days before she died a routine screening letter was sent to her home.
Her family are now petitioning to change the law so that women under the age of 25 are able to have routine smear tests.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11032403/Newlywed-dies-of-cervical-cancer-after-being-too-young-for-a-smear-test.html

Married my dying wife

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