Targeted treatment for advanced breast cancer including CDK4/6 inhibitor therapy reaches patients in Mozambique for the first time

14 Nov 2023
Targeted treatment for advanced breast cancer including CDK4/6 inhibitor therapy reaches patients in Mozambique for the first time

The Max Foundation (Max) has announced that three patients have started treatment for HER2 negative/HR positive advanced breast cancer (ABC) including CDK4/6 inhibitor therapy in Mozambique through its Max Access Solutions programme. Max, a leading global non-profit organisation that aims to accelerate health equity by delivering medication, technology, and supportive services to cancer patients, is working in collaboration with multiple partners to implement the programme through its Humanitarian Partnership for Access to Critical Treatment (Humanitarian PACT) for Advanced Breast Cancer.

"This is an important day for women living with advanced breast cancer in Mozambique and beyond. For the first time they will be able to access the latest treatment at no cost," said Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, CEO of The Max Foundation. "Lifting the health care system to support access to innovative treatments in low-income countries requires the support of multiple stakeholders; no one can do it alone. Collaborations like the Humanitarian PACT are essential to advance the care of patients living with cancer in LMICs, and we are working now to expand these efforts to reach more people in need."

Partners in the Humanitarian PACT for ABC have agreed to invest resources and/or their unique knowledge and capabilities to support the expansion of Max Access Solutions to provide access to treatment for HR positive/HER2 negative advanced breast cancer. Max Access Solutions is Max's innovative treatment access model that harnesses the power of partnerships and prioritises individual patients' needs to improve outcomes for cancer and other critical illnesses in low-resource healthcare settings. Max Access Solutions currently provides treatment to more than 34,000 patients in 77 low-resource countries.

Dr. Fatima Cardoso, President of the ABC Global Alliance, said: "Access to adequate diagnosis and treatment is paramount to change the survival and the quality of life of patients with advanced breast cancer. The ABC Global Alliance is happy and proud to partner with The Max Foundation and our colleagues in Mozambique in this important programme and to see the first patients being able to access important therapies. Together, we will improve the lives of these patients and their families.”

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Approximately 2.2 million cases occur each year worldwide, with about 700,000 deaths annually. An estimated 45% of new cases are diagnosed each year, and more than 55% of breast cancer-related deaths occur in low- and middle- income countries.

Managing breast cancer in low-resource countries poses unique challenges. For example, routine pathology, diagnostic exams, and standard medicines are often unavailable. Breast cancer is usually diagnosed at late stages, and due to limited resources, patients may receive inadequate treatment, including supportive and palliative care.

Preparations are underway for addressing these challenges, including engaging additional partners, expanding in-country teams, growing the physician network to treat patients, and introducing programmes to strengthen health systems like diagnostics and supportive care. In addition to Mozambique, efforts are underway to start treatment in the Bahamas, Benin, Bhutan, Haiti, Jamaica, Nepal, Saint Lucia, and Seychelles, with plans to expand to more countries in 2024.

Source: ABC Glocal Alliance