Now, breakthrough drug that cuts breast cancer death rate by one-third
"Over the last decade women with this form of breast cancer are living at least a year longer on average than they would have done and some are having their lives considerably extended," Miles said.
The new breakthrough drug cuts the risk of dying early by one-third for women with an aggressive form of breast cancer
About four out of five patients positively respond to the drug, with most of the remaining patients having their disease stabilised with few side effects, he said.
Both pertuzumab and Herceptin are antibody therapies which work by binding to the part of the tumour essential for growth, preventing cell division.
This causes the tumour to stop growing or even shrink.
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