Tecentriq Takes EU Lead In Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Roche’s checkpoint inhibitor has been approved in combination with nab-paclitaxel in the EU for triple-negative breast cancer, cementing the company’s role as an innovator in breast cancer therapies.
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