Novartis Announces Positive Results in Breast Cancer Treatment Trials

Novartis announced positive results from an analysis of NATALEE, a Phase III trial evaluating Kisqali (ribociclib) plus endocrine therapy (ET) in patients with early breast cancer.

Kisqali plus ET significantly reduced the risk of disease recurrence in the broad population of patients selected.

“While most patients are diagnosed and treated early with the aim to cure breast cancer, the risk of cancer returning, often as metastatic disease, peaks within three years after diagnosis, but never goes away completely,” said Dennis J. Slamon, MD, Director of Clinical/Translational Research, University of California, Los Angeles Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and Chairman and Executive Director of Translational Research In Oncology (TRIO) and NATALEE trial lead investigator.

“There is a critical need for new, well-tolerated options that keep patients cancer-free without disrupting quality of life. The NATALEE trial, where ribociclib was given for three years plus ET, was designed with these unmet needs in mind, and it is extremely encouraging that this study met its primary endpoint.”



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