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National and international developments in cancer, health and policy. Produced in collaboration with the Press Association unless otherwise stated.

Prescriptions for stop smoking aids have plummeted, says report

The number of GP prescriptions for stop smoking aids in England has fallen by 75% in the last decade, according to new figures.

Life-extending immunotherapy approved on NHS for children with neuroblastoma

Children in England with high-risk neuroblastoma will now be offered a cancer drug that could extend their life.

Brain tumour surgery dye now available to more NHS patients

A chemical dye that lights up brain tumours during surgery should be available to more NHS patients in England, according to NICE.

Prostate cancer drug given initial ‘no’ for NHS in England

The prostate cancer drug abiraterone has been provisionally rejected as a first-line treatment on the NHS in England.

Lung cancer immunotherapy drug approved for England

The lung cancer immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab has been made widely available on the NHS in England after a price deal was reached.

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