England is on the threshold of a medical breakthrough that could change the fight against cancer forever. The NHS, the British National Health Service, has introduced a treatment that drastically reduces the time it takes to administer cancer treatment. Instead of the usual hours spent in the hospital, it now takes just seven minutes. Yes, you read that right: just seven minutes. This new injection, called Atezolizumab, not only offers a faster solution, but could also free up valuable resources for the healthcare system.
A leap into the future in cancer treatment
The NHS has announced it will be the first in the world to offer atezolizumab via an 'under the skin' method of delivery. Hundreds of patients in England will benefit from a treatment that cuts down on administration times of 75%.
Atezolizumab is an immunotherapy drug that has the power to boost a patient's immune system, allowing it to detect and destroy cancer cells. Until now, it was given to patients through a transfusion, a process that could take up to an hour. With this new injection, the treatment becomes much faster and less invasive.
The power of a single injection
Doctor Alexander Martin, oncologist at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, highlights the importance of this discovery. Not only will it enable faster, more convenient care for patients, it will also free up valuable resources for oncology teams, allowing more patients to be treated every day.
For patients, this is no small detail: for a patient with cancer, every minute counts.
The NHS expects that most of the 3.600 patients who start treatment with atezolizumab each year in England will switch to this new injection. The idea is prodigious: not only does it offer a more efficient solution for patients, but it could also mark the beginning of a new era in medicine. An era in which cancer treatment becomes more accessible, faster and less stressful for everyone.