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memo - Magazine of European Medical Oncology 4/2013

ASCO 2013: new developments in lung cancer

memo - Magazine of European Medical Oncology > Ausgabe 4/2013
MD Andreas Pircher, MD Assoc. Prof. Michael Fiegl, MD Florian Kocher, MD Assoc. Prof. Wolfgang Hilbe


At American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting 2013, some new data were presented, which might have a practice-changing potential. Epidermal growth factor receptor mutational testing was successfully performed in plasma samples, giving hope that tumor biopsies might be replaced by a more comfortable blood analysis. Some studies focused on new second-generation anaplastic lymphoma kinase inhibitors, which showed an impressive efficacy even in crizotinib refractory patients in phase I/II studies and support a sequence of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in this sub-entity of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Immunological strategies are worth being tested also in lung cancer, as different strategies have proven first signs of efficacy (MUC1 antigen-specific cancer immunotherapy, programmed cell death ligand 1). Finally, a large phase III trial found that a new oral vascular endothelial growth factor receptor, fibroblast growth factor receptor, and platelet-derived growth factor receptor TKI (nintedanib) combined with docetaxel improved outcome in second-line NSCLC patients when compared with docetaxel monotherapy.

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