Expert wants anti-cancer drug subsidised

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 May, 2008, 12:00am


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A University of Hong Kong cancer expert wants a newly registered anti-breast cancer drug put on the Hospital Authority's formulary. Daniel Chua Tsin-tien, associate professor of HKU's clinical oncology department, said that tests using the drug, lapatinib, combined with capecitabine, showed an 88 per cent chance of patients with last-stage HER2 breast cancer controlling the disease. There was a 35 per cent chance tumours would shrink in size by more than half.