By: Lucy Johnston
A REVOLUTIONARY cancer drug expected to save hundreds of lives a year has been deemed so effective that the Government has bypassed red tape to make it available on the NHS immediately.
The treatment, which prompts the body’s own immune system to destroy malignant cells, was recently trialed in more than 800 patients with terminal stage disease and results showed cancers were cleared or halted, extending the lives of some for more than two years.
Patricia Rapp, 66-year-old practice nurse, from Epsom, Surrey, was diagnosed with kidney cancer aged 47 after a routine check up with her doctor for an unrelated issue.
Over the 14 years that followed the cancer spread to other organs including a lung and pancreas which were surgically removed.
However when two inoperable tumours were found on her liver, doctors resorted to chemotherapy, which failed.
Mrs Rapp, mother of two, was put on the nivolumab trial in August 2013 and six months later declared disease free.
“It has saved my life and given me my life back as I feel so well.”
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