England is the first country in the UK where a new seven-minute cancer therapy jab will be introduced. This groundbreaking new method is intended to drastically decrease cancer patients’ treatment time.
NHS England said on Tuesday that hundreds of eligible atezolizumab patients were booked for a “under the skin” injection after MHRA approval. Cancer teams might spend more time treating other patients.
“This approval will allow us to deliver convenient and faster care for our patients, and our teams can treat more patients throughout the day,” said West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust consultant oncologist Alexander Martin.
Atezolizumab (Tecentriq) is dripped into patients’ veins intravenously. NHS England says this can take up to an hour for those with difficulty entering a vein.
Marius Scholtz, Roche Products Limited Medical Director, says “it takes about seven minutes, compared with 30 to 60 minutes for the current method of an intravenous infusion.”
Immunotherapy drug atezolizumab helps patients’ immune systems detect and eradicate cancer cells. Roche (ROG.S)-owned Genentech makes it. Transfusions are available to NHS patients with lung, breast, liver, and bladder cancers.
NHS England estimates that most of England’s 3,600 atezolizumab patients will switch to the faster injection.
However, atezolizumab patients undergoing intravenous chemotherapy can continue transfusions.
Seven-minute cancer therapy has been around for a long, but England will be the first to adopt it. The NHS will use it to increase patient access to and use of treatments across. This is essential given recent studies that suggest atezolizumab may be better than chemotherapy for some cancers.
Although it’s not yet accessible everywhere, the new seven-minute jab seems promising in the fight against cancer. Atezolizumab may soon be a lot more accessible type of treatment, providing patients stricken by cancer access to a potentially life-saving form of treatment in only seven minutes, as other nations follow England’s lead and start implementing this innovative new medicine.
England will implement a seven-minute cancer therapy shot to speed up treatment. NHS England said that hundreds of eligible atezolizumab patients will receive a “under the skin” injection, allowing oncology teams to focus on other patients. Atezolizumab (Tecentriq) helps the immune system detect and remove cancer cells. The MHRA-approved treatment will allow oncology teams to treat more patients every day. Most of the 3,600 English patients who start atezolizumab each year will switch to the faster injection, while those getting it with intravenous chemotherapy can continue transfusions. Recent studies show Atezolizumab may be better than chemotherapy in treating some cancers, thus the seven-minute cancer treatment is part of a nationwide drive to enhance patient access and use. The new seven-minute jab, which may save lives, is promising in the fight against cancer, but it’s not yet accessible everywhere.