Mark A. Socinski, MD | Authors

Do Oncogenic Drivers Exist in Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lung?

September 16, 2013

The Cancer Genome Atlas provides us with our first thorough insight into the genetic heterogeneity of squamous cell carcinoma of the lung; whether these findings will translate into personalized squamous cell lung cancer therapy is yet to be determined.

ALK-Targeted Therapy in NSCLC: Likely to Be of Benefit but Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

June 14, 2011

In 2004, Dr. Thomas Lynch[1] and others[2] first reported the presence of somatic mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene in patients who exhibited great sensitivity to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs).

The Many Controversies of Stage IIIA/IIIB Lung Cancer

March 22, 2010

The first issue deserving comment is the heterogeneity of stage III disease. Stage IIIA N2 non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) includes patients with at least one “incidental” N2 node detected at the time of surgical resection in patients who had a negative mediastinal evaluation (including mediastinoscopy) preoperatively. It also includes patients whose initial computed tomography (CT) and positron-emission tomography (PET) scans show multiple bulky (> 2 cm) nodes that are confirmed by either mediastinoscopy or endobronchial ultrasound-guided bronchoscopy.

Platinum-based Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Resected Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer: A New Standard of Care

May 01, 2007

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in the United States. The predominant histologic type of lung cancer is Non-Small-Cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Approximately 30% of newly diagnosed patients with NSCLC present with stages I-IIIA disease.

Commentary (Stinchcombe et al): Perspectives on Salvage Therapy for Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer

July 01, 2005

We applaud Dr. Cappuzzo andcolleagues for an excellentreview of an emerging fieldin lung cancer treatment. Since 2000,three drugs (docetaxel [Taxotere],pemetrexed [Alimta], and erlotinib[Tarceva]) have been approved by theUS Food and Drug Administration(FDA) for second-line therapy in non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) basedon the results of phase III trials (seeTable 1).[1-4] It is also possible thatsimilar approval will be sought for otherdrugs (eg, topotecan [Hycamtin]),[5]and gefitinib (Iressa) remains an optionfor treatment in the third-line setting.