Drug-therapy combo cuts breast cancer recurrence risk by 25%, Eli Lilly announces

Eli Lilly and Company on Sunday announced positive results in the fight against breast cancer.

A drug called Verzenio, also known as abemaciclib, in combination with adjuvant endocrine therapy, was said to “significantly” reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence by 25% for those with a common subtype of breast cancer. The combo treatment also lowered the risk of developing metastatic disease by 28%, with the highest reduction rates to the liver and bone.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. The subtype at hand is called hormone receptor-positive (HR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative (HER2-) high risk early breast cancer. Per separate research, around 70% of breast cancers are HR+, HER2-, the most common subtype, and 30% of people diagnosed with this subtype face the risk of recurring cancer, and possibly incurable metastatic disease.

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