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A pretty impressive result from ASCO is also published in the New England Journal of Medicine: Kisqali, a cancer drug from Novartis (NVS), dramatically extended survival in younger women who developed the most common form of breast cancer.

In women with hormone receptor positive / HER2 negative breast cancer who were premenopausal, adding Kisqali to hormone-blocking therapy resulted in a reduction of 29% in the risk of death. After three and a half years, translates into 70% of the women who got the combination being alive, compared to 42% of those who got the standard therapy. That is a dramatic improvement in a disease where it is often hard to prove a survival benefit.

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