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Roche’s Tecentriq wins U.S. approval for aggressive breast cancer

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss drugmaker Roche is seen at its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Roche on Friday won U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its immunotherapy Tecentriq for triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease that has proven tough-to-treat.

The FDA approved Tecentriq combined with the chemotherapy Abraxane to treat adults with inoperable, locally advanced or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) in people whose tumours express PD-L1, a protein that may help cancers avoid detection by the immune system.

Reporting by John Miller; Editing by Mark Potter

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