New Study Finds Many Women May Receive Unnecessary Chemotherapy Treatment
SALT LAKE CITY, April 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Myriad Genetics, Inc. (MYGN), a global leader in personalized medicine, today announced an international team of cancer researchers has found that EndoPredict® test accurately predicts which women with ER-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer will benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy. Findings from the study were published today in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.
"We are excited to publish our findings because ER-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer is the most common type of breast cancer, and a key goal is identifying which women need endocrine therapy alone and which need endocrine therapy plus chemotherapy to get the best possible outcomes,” said William J. Gradishar, M.D., one of the study’s authors and chief of hematology and oncology, department of medicine, Betsy Bramsen Professorship of Breast Oncology, and professor of medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. “Our study demonstrated that the EndoPredict test can accurately identify patients who are likely to benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy. What this means is that clinicians can use the EndoPredict test to personalize their care by directing chemotherapy to women with a high likelihood of benefit, while preventing the over-treatment of women who are unlikely to benefit.”
This study evaluated the ability of the EndoPredict test (EPclin) to predict chemotherapy benefit based on the analysis of the 10-year distant recurrence rate (i.e., metastasized cancer) in women with ER-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer who received five years of endocrine therapy (ET) alone or in combination with chemotherapy (ET+C). Data from 3,746 women (2,630 on ET alone and 1,116 on ET+C) were included in the analysis. The study found that women with a high EndoPredict score (i.e., >3.3) and who received ET+C had significantly lower 10-year recurrence risk than those on ET alone (Graph 1). However, there were no significant differences between ET+C and ET for patients with low EndoPredict scores, suggesting these women are unlikely to benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy.
“In this analysis with modern chemotherapy regimens, patients with a high EndoPredict test score who received endocrine therapy and chemotherapy had significantly better outcomes than those receiving endocrine therapy alone,” said Ivana Sestak, Ph.D., principle investigator, Centre for Cancer Prevention, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London. “Based on these findings, oncologists should use the EndoPredict test to make decisions about the best course of treatment for their patients.”
Graph 1: EndoPredict® Predicts Chemotherapy Benefit in Women with ER+, HER-Breast Cancer is available at the following address:
“EndoPredict is an advanced precision medicine test, and is the only test with the scientific rigor to provide superior risk-stratification for patients with both node+/- breast cancer, to identify those patients who can safely forgo extended endocrine therapy after five years and importantly, predict chemotherapy benefit,” said Johnathan Lancaster, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer, Myriad Genetics. “EndoPredict is covered by nearly all health insurers in the United States because they have recognized the ability of EndoPredict to address unmet medical needs, improve health outcomes for women and potentially save the healthcare systems tens of millions of dollars.”
The EndoPredict test was recently included in The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines for breast cancer. Follow Myriad on Twitter via @MyriadGenetics to stay informed about news and updates from the Company.
About Breast Cancer
One in eight American women will have breast cancer during her lifetime. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among American women. The American Cancer Society estimates in its Cancer Facts & Figures 2019 report that more than 268,000 women will be told they have breast cancer in 2019.
EndoPredict is a second-generation, prognostic test that aids personalized treatment planning for patients with early-stage breast cancer. EndoPredict has been validated in over 3500 patients with node-negative and node-positive disease and is the leading breast prognostic in Europe. In contrast to first-generation multigene prognostic tests, EndoPredict incorporates a 12-gene molecular score with known prognostic factors tumor size and nodal status. In clinical studies, EndoPredict demonstrated its robust ability to predict recurrence risk across multiple time-periods: 0-5, 5-10, and 5-15 years. EndoPredict provides clinically actionable information to physicians and patients as they consider the use of adjuvant chemotherapy and extended endocrine therapy.
About Myriad Genetics
Myriad Genetics Inc., is a leading personalized medicine company dedicated to being a trusted advisor transforming patient lives worldwide with pioneering molecular diagnostics. Myriad discovers and commercializes molecular diagnostic tests that: determine the risk of developing disease, accurately diagnose disease, assess the risk of disease progression, and guide treatment decisions across six major medical specialties where molecular diagnostics can significantly improve patient care and lower healthcare costs. Myriad is focused on five critical success factors: build upon a solid hereditary cancer foundation, grow new product volume, expand reimbursement coverage for new products, increase RNA kit revenue internationally and improve profitability with Elevate 2020.
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