Pink Ladies hail new breast cancer drug

by Catherine Spencer THE Pink Ladies have welcomed reports of a new drug which could prove instrumental in the fight against breast cancer.

Experts have hailed letrozole as one of the most important advances in the treatment of the disease.

'It will certainly be welcomed by all sufferers,' said Linda Falla, spokesman for the local breast cancer support group.

'Things have moved on such a great deal even in the last 10 years.'

Clinical trials on more than 5,000 post-menopausal women almost halved instances of the cancer returning.

Letrozole has been designed for older women who can no longer take tamoxifen and has been more successful at treating advanced breast cancer and the early stage of the disease before surgery.

Although tamoxifen has dramatically improved survival rates, it can be used for only five years.

The trial results, which have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine's online edition, show that letrozole continues to protect women for at least another five years.

The Pink Ladies was set up by a group of local women who had all been diagnosed with breast cancer.

They meet every month for support, fund-raising and social events. Meetings are informal and provide a safe, friendly environment for women of any age, at any stage of treatment or recovery.

The group's next meeting will take place on Tuesday at 7.30pm at Bulstrode House.

Guest speaker and editor of the monthly journal, Concerning Cancer, Alyssa Burns-Hill, will give a talk on empowerment through disease.

For more information, call Jo Alien on 265885 or Linda Falla on 264999.

Anyone who has undergone or is receiving treatment for breast cancer is invited to a 'ladies' link' lunch meeting at Les Cotils on Wednesday 22 October Contact Micky Fletcher on 256660 for more details.

 The   Pink  Ladies'  confidential   helpline  is 07781 415131.

(Reproduced courtesy Guernsey Press and Star)

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