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Treatment of ALK+ lung cancer with crizotinib, Profile 1007

28th Sep - 2nd Oct 2012

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Published: 08.10.12
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Dr Alice Shaw – Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA

Dr Alice Shaw talks to ecancer at the 2012 ESMO meeting in Vienna about a randomised phase III study comparing targeted therapy crizotinib with standard chemotherapy in cases of ALK+ lung cancer.


ALK+ lung cancer is defined by a genetic abnormality and is present in about 5% of the total lung cancer population. The trial looked to increase progression free survival; results confirmed with a 7.7 month average increase with crizotinib compared to 3 months with standard chemotherapy. 


The total response rate with crizotinib was 65.3 percent. Side effects that occurred were visual disturbance, nausea vomiting diarrhea, liver irritation, but all were at manageable levels.


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