Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bad news doesn't always mean bad news

Puma pharmaceutical's new drug, neratinib, did not perform as well as Herceptin in the latest clinical trials - by the definition of extending disease free survival.

However, bad news doesn't mean bad news when you look at the rest of the story.

"As expected, there was no statistically significant difference in progression-free survival and objective response rate for the paclitaxel plus neratinib arm compared to the paclitaxel plus trastuzumab arm," Auerbach said. "However ... while the development of other HER2-targeted drugs has produced a clinically meaningful benefit to patients with HER2 positive breast cancer, these drugs have had little impact on CNS metastases. As a result, we believe that there remains an unmet clinical need for reducing the incidence of CNS metastases, and the results of the NEfERTT study demonstrate that we may be able to provide this type of improvement with neratinib."

CNS metastases are Clinical Nervous System mets (I had to look that up). Which would really suck. So that means that while it did not extend disease free survival it did open a door to other advancements. So stay tuned, I guess, for the rest of the story. Or maybe this is just called progress.

1 comment:

Sharon Greene said...

Cancer breakthroughs are painfully slow. The miracle drugs that make headlines are usually years away from human clinical trials let alone becoming widely available to patients. So if this drug can prevent even one more form of metastasis, I consider it a success.