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reduced by 46% the risk of disease progression compared to patients who were treated with standard chemotherapy,” they said.
It is a molecule called talazoparib, which almost doubled the disease-free survival (from 5.6 months to 8.6 months) in patients with a breast cancer subtype “locally advanced or metastatic, HER2 negative and having BRC gene mutation,” the sources said.
Also, the new therapy “reduced by 46% the risk of disease progression compared to those patients who were treated with standard chemotherapy,”they said.
“ Until now, this group of patients did not have an alternative with high levels of efficacy. Therefore, the approval of this therapy is very positive news for them, since they now have more tools to improve their quality of life, by increasing the free time of progression,” said Valeria Cáceres, head of the Department of Clinical Oncology of the Ángel Roffo-UBA Institute.
The specialist added that another benefit of the new therapy is that “patients are healthy longer, waiting for the development of new drugs that can be treated with.”
Marta Mattiussi, president of the Movement Aid Breast Cancer (Macma), said that “it is always good news to have more and better medicines available”.
In this sense, Guillermo Lerzo, head of the Clinical Oncology Unit of the María Curie Oncology Hospital in the city of Buenos Aires, stressed that the new treatment “is administered once a day in oral form”.
“ This allows patients to avoid the discomfort of receiving intravenous therapies and the difficulties that arise when treatments are to be received exclusively in health centers,” he added.
The specialist commented that “the knowledge that science has about cancer has deepened noticeably in recent decades.”
“ We're not talking about breast cancer in general anymore, but there are multiple subtypes of that condition,” he said.
And Cáceres added: “There lies the importance of knowing what type of pathology each patient suffers, with name and surname of the condition, to indicate the best treatment available”.
According to data from the Ministry of Health of the nation, 21,558 cases of breast cancer were registered in 2018, representing 59 new diagnoses per day. Also, 6,114 people died in the country in 2017.
Publication Date: 31/08/2019
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