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How much does Kadcyla cost UK?

How much does Kadcyla cost UK?

Kadcyla list price is an average £51,000 per patient for a course of treatment. Roche entered a commercial arrangement to offer the drug to the NHS at an undisclosed discount.

Is Kadcyla available on NHS?

Kadcyla has been available in England through the Cancer Drugs Fund since 2014. This decision means it will continue to be available on the NHS in England.

How many cycles of Kadcyla are there?

Kadcyla usually is given every 3 weeks in a doctor’s office. People diagnosed with metastatic disease get Kadcyla every 3 weeks unless the cancer grows or unacceptable side effects develop. People diagnosed with early-stage disease get Kadcyla every 3 weeks for a total of 14 cycles.

What is the success rate of Kadcyla?

The researchers estimated 3-year disease-free survival rates to be: 88.3% for people treated with Kadcyla. 77.0% for people treated with Herceptin.

Is Herceptin an expensive drug?

But these medicines, which are large, complex molecules produced by living cells, carry hefty price tags, and now comprise eight of the world’s top 10 money-spinning drugs. A one-year course of the biological breast cancer drug trastuzumab (sold as Herceptin), for example, costs $50,000.

How much does trastuzumab cost UK?

Kadcyla, also known as trastuzumab emtansine, would have cost around £90,000 per patient at its full list price. It is licensed to treat HER2-positive breast cancer which has spread to other parts of the body, cannot be surgically removed and has stopped responding to other treatments.

How long can you stay on KADCYLA?

For HER2+ early breast cancer, KADCYLA is given every 3 weeks for 14 rounds of infusion—sometimes called “cycles”—unless the cancer comes back or side effects cause the treatment to be stopped sooner. Treatment with KADCYLA typically would last less than a year.

Is there hair loss with KADCYLA?

Of great significance to women is that there is no hair loss associated with Kadcyla. Many women with secondary disease have experienced chemotherapy-related hair loss on more than one occasion, and can become disheartened at the thought of another round of demoralising baldness.

Do you lose hair on KADCYLA?

Hair loss usually starts after your first or second treatment. It is almost always temporary, and your hair will usually grow back after treatment finishes.