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FDA says breast cancer drug works in early stages

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The Food and Drug Administration says a breast cancer drug from Roche works to treat the disease in its early stages.

The agency gave the drug, Perjeta, a positive review, meaning it could become the first pharmaceutical option for treating the cancer's earliest stages. In online documents, the FDA said women who took Perjeta had significantly less tumors than women who took other drug combinations. The drug was issued prior to surgery to remove the tumors.

Scientists with the FDA are recommending an accelerated approval for the drug, a step that is generally reserved for groundbreaking treatments for fatal diseases.

Although Perjeta was approved last year for aggressive breast cancer that had already spread to different parts of the body, Roche is now asking for approval to use the drug during the disease's early stages.

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