Farletuzumab: A Potential New Treatment for Lung Cancer | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

Farletuzumab is an antibody (a type of immune system protein) that inhibits folate receptor α (FOLR1), a protein that is essential for cell proliferation. FOLR1 is overexpressed in a number of tumor types, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and, especially, adenocarcinoma. Farletuzumab reduced tumor growth in animal models of cancer, and was well tolerated in phase I and II studies. An ongoing phase II study is evaluating the effectiveness of combining farletuzumab treatment with chemotherapy in patients with advanced lung adenocarcinoma.

Research paper: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169500213000044