New drug that can extend the life of lung cancer patients made available in Wales
The drug has been proven to extend the life of lung cancer patients, with research showing that it significantly increases the number of patients still alive after three-years of treatment.
The drug is currently already available in Scotland and whilst the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence withheld the introduction of Nivolumab to NHS England because it was deemed too expensive, NICE approved the drug back in September.
The drug functions as a type of immunotherapy, interrupting the chemical signs that cancers use to convince the immune system tissue is healthy. It targets protein and is most effective when the patient has larger amounts of PD-L1 protein.
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