Thierry Le Chevalier, MD | Authors

Adjuvant or Induction Cisplatin-Based Chemotherapy for Operable Lung Cancer

May 15, 2009

Despite aggressive surgical management, 5-year survival rates of non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients range from 73% for those with pathologic stage IA to 25% for those with stage IIIA.[1] Clinical or preoperative staging often underestimates the extent of the disease (particularly if positron-emission tomography and mediastinoscopy are not used), and the estimated survival rates for a given clinical stage are much lower than those for the corresponding surgical/pathologic stage.[1]

Chemotherapy for Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer, Part II

April 01, 2003

The prognosis of patients with advanced non–small-cell lung cancer(NSCLC) remains poor. Systemic chemotherapy prolongs survivalin this group of patients and palliates symptoms compared to bestsupportive care alone but more effective therapeutic strategies areneeded. Novel agents that selectively target biological pathways oftumor growth offer hope of improving response and survival ratesbeyond what has been achieved with standard cytotoxic chemotherapy.Part 2 of this two-part article addresses the role of chemotherapy inlocally advanced and advanced NSCLC, including the use of novelagents, considerations in elderly patients, and studies of second-linetreatment.

Chemotherapy for Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer, Part I

March 01, 2003

Non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for approximately80% of all lung tumors. Patients diagnosed with early-stage diseasegenerally undergo surgery, but up to 50% develop local or distantrecurrences. The benefit of chemotherapy in this disease is modest, butnew drugs and combined strategies offer hope of improved survivalrates. Because the disease recurs outside the chest in 70% of cases, oneof the foremost goals of therapy is to prevent distant dissemination. Tothis end, chemotherapy may be administered preoperatively or afterresection of the tumor. The first part of this article, which concludesnext month, will address adjuvant and neoadjuvant chemotherapy inearly-stage non–small-cell lung cancer.

Non–Platinum-Based Paclitaxel Combinations in Advanced Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer

September 01, 1999

Patients with advanced non–small-cell lung cancer benefit mainly from chemotherapy using cisplatin (Platinol)-based combinations. Platinum compounds, however, due to their toxicity profile, have limited use in combination