As­traZeneca, Dai­ichi Sanky­o's ADC En­her­tu blows away Roche's Kad­cy­la in sec­ond-line ad­vanced breast can­cer

As­traZeneca and Japan­ese drug­mak­er Dai­ichi Sankyo think they’ve struck gold with their next-gen ADC drug En­her­tu, which has shown some strik­ing da­ta in late-stage breast can­cer tri­als and ear­ly sol­id tu­mor tests. Get­ting in­to ear­li­er pa­tients is now the goal, start­ing with En­her­tu’s com­plete walkover of a Roche drug in sec­ond-line breast can­cer re­vealed Sat­ur­day.

En­her­tu cut the risk of dis­ease pro­gres­sion or death by a whop­ping 72% (p=<0.0001) com­pared with Roche’s ADC Kad­cy­la in sec­ond-line un­re­sectable and/or metasta­t­ic HER2-pos­i­tive breast can­cer pa­tients who had pre­vi­ous­ly un­der­gone treat­ment with a Her­ceptin-chemo com­bo, ac­cord­ing to in­ter­im da­ta from the Phase III DES­TINY-Breast03 head-to-head study pre­sent­ed at this week­end’s #ES­MO21.

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