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Home treatment for cancer patients

Breast cancer sufferers at Heartlands and Solihull Hospitals will now be offered the chance to be treated in the comfort of their own home, thanks to a new pilot scheme.

Starting this month, the Herceptin at Home scheme aims to deliver chemotherapy and other cancer drugs away from hospital, in a patient’s home.  The pilot aims to build on research which suggests people are happier and more comfortable being treated at home, particularly when side effects from cancer treatment can include sickness, tiredness and low moods.

The scheme has been set up by the West Midlands Specialised Commissioning Team in partnership with NHS Birmingham East and North and Healthcare at Home Ltd, the UK’s leading provider of out-of-hospital healthcare.

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