Research table: Sacituzumab govitecan (Trodelvy) for metastatic breast cancer treatment

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Introduction: Sacituzumab govitecan (Trodelvy) is a Trop-2 antibody-drug conjugate. It combines a Trop-2 antibody and the chemotherapy drug SN-38. This combination allows the targeted delivery of SN-38 to cancer cells that express Trop-2.

Sacituzumab govitecan is used to treat metastatic triple negative breast cancers that have already been treated with at least 2 drug therapies in the metastatic setting. It helps shrink tumors and may improve survival.

Learn more about sacituzumab govitecan, including its side effects.

Study selection criteria: Randomized clinical trials with 200 or more participants with triple negative metastatic breast cancer.


Study Population
(number of participants)

Drug(s) Used

Objective Response Rate—Percent who Responded to Treatment
(95% CI)

Overall Survival
Better with
Sacituzumab Govitecan Compared to Chemotherapy

Randomized clinical trials

TROPiCS-02 study [1]


Sacituzumab govitecan alone





Chemotherapy alone (eribulin, vinorelbine, capecitabine, or gemcitabine)



ASCENT trial [2-3]


Sacituzumab govitecan alone





Chemotherapy alone (eribulin, vinorelbine, capecitabine, or gemcitabine)



* 61 of the 529 participants had brain metastases.

† Compared to people who got chemotherapy, people who got sacituzumab govitecan were less likely to die (from breast cancer or other causes), with a hazard ratio of 0.51 (0.41-0.62). Among participants who did not have brain metastases, overall survival at 1 year was 46% among those who got sacituzumab govitecan and 19% among those who got chemotherapy.


  1. Rugo HS, Bardia A, Marmé F, et al. Overall survival with sacituzumab govitecan in hormone receptor-positive and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative metastatic breast cancer (TROPiCS-02): a randomised, open-label, multicentre, phase 3 trial. Lancet. 402(10411):1423-1433, 2023.
  2. Bardia A, Rugo HS, Tolaney SM. Final results from the randomized phase III ASCENT clinical trial in metastatic triple-negative breast cancer and association of outcomes by human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 and trophoblast cell surface antigen 2 expression. J Clin Oncol. 2024 Feb 29 [Online ahead of print].
  3. Bardia A, Hurvitz SA, Tolaney SM, et al. for the ASCENT Clinical Trial Investigators. Sacituzumab govitecan in metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. N Engl J Med. 384(16):1529-1541, 2021.

Updated 03/13/24