The gist: People with early-stage HER-2-negative breast cancer might benefit from a new drug called nintedanib combined with standard chemotherapy. That insight came from a recently completed clinical trial—a research study with volunteer patients. 50% of the patients who took the new treatment in the trial had total remission of their tumors.
“The experimental drug nintedanib, combined with standard chemotherapy with paclitaxel, causes a total remission of tumours in 50% of patients suffering from early HER-2- negative breast cancer, the most common type of breast cancer. These are the conclusions of the Phase I Clinical Trial, sponsored by the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) and carried out by CNIO ́s Breast Cancer Clinical Research Unit. The study has been published today in British Journal of Cancer.
“According to Miguel Ángel Quintela, head of the Unit: ‘The drug combination of paclitaxel and nintedanib has turned out to be a complete success, given that it is proved to be safe and that the pathologic complete response [rate of complete recovery] was 50%, which doubles the response compared to patients treated with standard therapy with paclitaxel.’ The trial has also included 10 HER-2-negative breast cancer patients, all of them in early stages of the disease.
“In light of the results, the CNIO Breast Cancer Clinical Research Unit has already launched a large-scale Phase II Clinical Trial to validate the results in a large group of patients. These results, including biomarker studies that will facilitate advances in personalised medicine, will be released by early 2015.”