17 January 2019

Responding to the decision by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to approve abemaciclib with an aromatase inhibitor for previously untreated, hormone receptor positive, HER2-negative, locally advanced or incurable breast cancer, on NHS England, Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care, says:

“Today’s exciting decision promises a brighter future for thousands of women living with incurable breast cancer. This innovative treatment joins two other similar drugs available on the NHS, all able to stall progression of this specific type of the devastating disease.1

“With treatment side effects often bringing the lives of women with incurable breast cancer to a standstill when they want to be busy spending time with loved ones, having a variety of effective drugs gives clinicians the crucial options they need to help their patients live well for longer.

“In the coming months we hope to find out if abemaciclib may also benefit women with incurable breast cancer who’ve already had other drugs – and if the ground-breaking treatment combination could be made available to even more people.”


Notes to editors

1 Abemaciclib, palbociclib and ribociclib are cyclin-dependent kinase 4 and 6 (CDK 4/6) inhibitors and are all now available on NHS England.

For further information, please contact

Sophie Softley Pierce, Breast Cancer Care

0345 092 0807 (out of hours 07702 901 334)


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