Halaven, a $16,000 breast cancer treatment, added to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

October 5, 2014 5:04 AM

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Halaven, a $16,000 breast cancer treatment, added to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

A LIFE-EXTENDING new chemotherapy treatment that will help thousands of women with advanced breast cancer has been subsidised by the government.

The $16,000 treatment Halaven is based on chemicals from a sea sponge, stops cancer cells dividing and can extend the life of women with advanced breast cancer by an average two-and-a-half months.

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