Pfizer’s Lung Cancer Drug Shows ‘Best-Ever’ Survival Rates 

Pfizer's Lung Cancer Drug Shows 'Best-Ever' Survival Rates. Credit | Getty Images
Pfizer's Lung Cancer Drug Shows 'Best-Ever' Survival Rates. Credit | Getty Images

United States: Pfizer on Friday cheered its medicine for lung cancer in advanced form. Promising results of a late-stage drug trial revealed long-term efficacy, which may help it as the new benchmark in the disease. 

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Its medicine significantly prolonged the lifespan of patients and all these people felt the positive effect of the drug, which is to halt cancer growth, during more than five years. 

Full approval of a drug called Lorbrena also beneficially reduces the chance of the cancer worsening in patients’ brains. 

Lorbrena is also authorized in the US for the first-line treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in adults with ALK gene mutation, CNBC reported. 

Well, that equates to seventy-two thousand people being diagnosed with that particular type of lung cancer each year globally, as stated by Pfizer. 

Pfizer's Lung Cancer Drug Shows 'Best-Ever' Survival Rates. Credit | Adobe Stock
Pfizer’s Lung Cancer Drug Shows ‘Best-Ever’ Survival Rates. Credit | Adobe Stock

Cancer was described as being an aggressive disease and commonly occurring in the younger population, relative to the company. 

On a broader perspective, NSCLC falls in the most frequent variety of lung cancer. 

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Lorbrena is actually authorized as the first-line therapy to address that form of lung cancer, which means that individuals who take it are not availing of any other treatment. 

However, Pfizer’s drug is not currently viewed as the benchmark for treating the condition; it is not the most typical treatment that is recommended and used currently. 

The company believes that new five-year data on the drug will have that kind of impact. 

Chris Boshoff, Pfizer’s chief oncology officer said, “In cancer medicine in general, you always want to give the best medicine upfront first. So that’s why we believe this data … will lead to [Lorbrena] becoming a standard” first-line treatment in this specific form of lung cancer, as CNBC reported. 

About the vaccine trial 

Almost 300 people were involved in either administering Lorbrena or Pfizer’s older lung cancer drug, Xalkori. 

On reaching the five-year deadline, half of the patients of thetrial were still been receiving Lorbrena, as compared to the five percent of those receiving Xalkori. 

During the trial, after the five-year mark, Lorbrena lowers the risk of cancer spread or death by 81 percent with Xalkori. 

However, 60 percent of patients who were administered Lorbrena were still living without having their cancer progression in sight after the same period gap. 

According to the chief scientific officer at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, Dr. David Spigel, those results were “the best we’ve ever seen,” CNBC reported. 

Spiegel added, “We have not seen anything close to this. Other great drugs that are available … have not reported the kind of durable, progression-free survival events of this magnitude,” while referring to the number of people who still remained alive without cancer progression in sight.