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Older Early-Stage NSCLC Patients Benefit From Adjuvant Chemotherapy

Early-stage non–small-cell lung cancer patients over 70 years old derive a similar benefit as younger patients from adjuvant chemotherapy following surgical resection. Image © pruit phatsrivong / Shutterstock.com.

Lung Cancer

The ALK inhibitor alectinib was highly active and well-tolerated in patients with ALK-rearranged, crizotinib-refractory, advanced non–small-cell lung cancer.

The FDA has approved necitumumab (Portrazza) in combination with chemotherapy for the treatment of patients with metastatic squamous non-small-cell lung cancer.

The FDA granted accelerated approval to osimertinib (Tagrisso), previously known as AZD9291, for treatment of advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with the EGFR mutation T790M.

Early-stage lung cancer patients considered to be high risk for surgery can achieve good clinical outcomes with surgical resection, according to a new study.

Pembrolizumab, a PD-1 inhibitor, demonstrated better overall survival and progression-free survival vs docetaxel in non–small-cell lung cancer patients.

A study looking at trends from 1985 to 2005 found that overall survival has increased in Medicare patients with small-cell lung cancer, and that treatment with chemotherapy is associated with improved survival.

Patients with ALK-rearranged non–small-cell lung cancer and brain metastases survive longer when treated with radiotherapy and tyrosine kinase inhibitors.


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