The NHS has announced its intention to introduce a new drug, Osimertinib, following positive trials with lung cancer patients.

It will be used with patients suffering from a specific early-stage non-small cell lung cancer and could halve the risk of the disease returning.

According to the NHS, trials of the drug showed a significant increase in the number of patients who remained disease-free after two years.

The roll-out of the drug, the first to address this particular form of lung cancer, is planned to start later this year for suitable patients following surgery.

The NHS is committed to trying to improve detection of lung cancer and reduce the impact of this deadly disease. It has recently been trying to raise awareness amongst the general public of the early symptoms of lung cancer.

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