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The effective breast cancer treatment, Femara, only subsidized for those with advanced cases of the disease

Femara is a new breast cancer treatment which belongs to the relatively new class of hormonal medicines called aromatase inhibitors. This class of drugs has been shown by studies to be more effective and have fewer side effects than other treatment drugs. The New Zealand government has subsidized the treatment for women with advance breast cancer but not those with early breast cancer who often have to opt for Tamoxifen which can have serious side effects and is not to be used by women with certain health histories of conditions such as leg blood clots and polyps in the uterus. These women can chose Femara but they have to pay for it. In clinical trials, Arimidex was found to be 26% more effective at preventing the return of breast cancer than Tamoxifen which offers a 50% reduction in the return of cancer. It also produced longer survival times.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The New Zealand Herald

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About: The effective breast cancer treatment, Femara, only subsidized for those with advanced cases of the disease

Date: 7 January 2005

Source: The New Zealand Herald

Author: Juliet Rowan

URL: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=9005778

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