Roche breast cancer drug Perjeta shows 'unprecedented' survival benefit

September 28, 2014 6:51 PM

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Roche breast cancer drug Perjeta shows 'unprecedented' survival benefit

MADRID (REUTERS) - A new breast cancer drug from Roche has shown "unprecedented" survival benefits in a clinical trial, boosting prospects for its widespread use in women with an aggressive form of the disease.

Patients with a type of breast cancer known as HER-2 positive, which makes up about a quarter of all breast cancers, who were given Perjeta on top of older medicine Herceptin and chemotherapy lived 15.7 months longer than those on Herceptin and chemotherapy alone.

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