Roche’s Immunotherapy Drug Tecentriq Extended Patients’ Lives in Study

Roche Holding AG said Thursday that its immunotherapy drug Tecentriq slowed the progression of lung cancer and helped patients live longer in a late-stage study, offering a new hope for patients and bolstering the Swiss drugmaker’s defense against a wave of cut-price competition to its top-selling medicines.

The Basel-based drugmaker said patients who received Tecentriq, along with Roche’s older cancer drug Avastin and chemotherapy, showed a 38% reduced risk of their disease worsening, compared with patients who were given...

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