MEXICO – The Novartis pharmaceutical company reported that authorization was obtained from health officials to sell a drug to combat metastatic breast cancer (that extends to other parts of the body), which would allow a survival of up to five years.
In a press conference the general director of Novartis Oncology, Miguel Gallero, and medical specialists, highlighted the benefits of this drug that obtained the sanitary registry in November and will be available in the first third of 2018.
Gallero informed that Novartis invested nine billion dollars in 2016, worldwide, to promote the research of various molecules to continue the development of innovative medicines, such as the one called Ribociclib.
He added that precisely with the support of these innovative medicines, treatments are offered that give hope to patients to extend their life with quality, even to incorporate them into their daily tasks.
He indicated that 60% to 80 % of metastatic cancer in Mexico is diagnosed in locally advanced stages, however, with the application of new treatments, 81% of patients in stage four, which is among the most advanced, achieves five-year survival.
Meanwhile, the medical director of Novartis Oncology, Guillermina Muñoz, said that the treatments that this international laboratory has developed have revolutionized the context of patients with metastatic breast cancer in the world.
She highlighted that by doing research on the molecule that gives rise to Ribociclib, the increase, almost double, of progression-free survival, which allows a better quality of life, was demonstrated.
She explained that after two years of treatment, the combination of Ribociclib plus Letrozole increased the percentage of progression-free survival to 54.7%, compared with 35.9% in patients treated only with Letrozole.
The psychologist Alejandra Platas, of the Doctors and Researchers Foundation in the Fight against Breast Cancer (MILC), pointed out that 50 percent of the cases of advanced cancer in Mexico do not receive treatment when they face chronic pain, reason why she considered that it requires more prevention actions.
more recommended stories
Mexico against breast cancer
National science has taken gigantic steps.
Maya women of the 21st century
Nowadays, a large number of women.
Join the International Day of Moon Observation at the Planetarium of Mérida
In order to join the International.
Yucatecan scientists create environmentally friendly vehicle
In order to generate efficient and.
The 5 cenotes you can’t miss in your nest trip to Yucatan
In addition to its rich archaeological,.
Yucatan is searching for “Miss Earth 2019”
“Miss Earth Yucatan 2019 is a.
Celestún, love at first sight
Whoever rejects the hypothesis of love.
Scientists say the Maya Kept Jaguar Zoos for Centuries
A chemical analysis of excavated bones.
Mexico forced to ask for help from the UN Refugee Office before imminent Honduran caravan
Mexico says it will ask the.
Top news from Cancun Travel Mart
Cancun Travel Mart, one of Mexico’s largest tourism.