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Breast Cancer Drug Offers Hope to Cornish Women

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 14th March 2013.

A Camborne woman battling breast cancer tells Pirate FM she has fresh hope thanks to a new drug.

Perjeta helps fight an aggressive form of the disease by stopping cells multiplying.

Trials at the Royal Cornwall show it has upped women's chances of survival by a third if used with chemo and Herceptin.

Jenny was among those who took part in the testing. She said: "You need every chance you can get to fight it. Hopefully it will work for other women as well as it worked for me. It's amazing what's going on here. I think we have some of the best research in the country going on down here.

"If I had to have cancer I think I'm in the right county.

"If I'd have had the cancer four years before, I would not be sat here. That's how advanced it's all got in such a short space of time."

Tests have found the drug helps women live an average of six months longer, without the disease getting any worse.

Consultant Doctor Duncan Wheatley from the Royal Cornwall said: "When you give it with Herceptin and chemotherapy it is a very good weedkiller at killing off these cancers. They shrink rapidly and they shrink for longer. More patients are alive in two or three years time who, otherwise, would not be around now.

"It's great to be involved in something that works really well."

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