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EGFR Antibody Increases Survival in Lung Cancer Trial

EGFR Antibody Increases Survival in Lung Cancer Trial | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

The new cancer drug necitumumab increased survival in the SQUIRE clinical trial, a phase III trial examining squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).  Patients with stage IV squamous NSCLC who received necitumumab in addition to the chemotherapy agents cisplatin (Platinol) and gemcitabine (Gemzar) survived longer than those treated with chemotherapy alone. Necitumumab is an antibody (a type of immune system protein) that blocks the function of EGFR, a protein that plays an important role in the survival, spread, and blood supply of tumors.

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Wall Street Journal | Aug 13, 2013

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VeriStrat Status Predicts Responsiveness to Tarceva Treatment in Elderly Lung Cancer Patients

VeriStrat® is a blood test for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients intended to determine whether the patients would benefit from erlotinib (Tarceva) treatment. A retrospective analysis of blood samples from elderly patients (age 70+ years) with advanced NSCLC who had been treated with either Tarceva, gemcitabine (Gemzar), or both found that patients with a "good" VeriStrat result had better outcomes than those with a "poor" result when given Tarceva either alone or in combination with Gemzar; the benefits of Gemzar alone were unaffected by VeriStrat status. The study authors conclude that elderly patients with "poor" VeriStrat results should be treated with Gemzar, while first-line Tarceva treatment may be appropriate for patients with "good" Veristrat results.

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Journal of Thoracic Oncology | Jan 30, 2013

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Chemotherapy-Tarceva Combination May Be Effective for Some Lung Cancer Patients

Chemotherapy-Tarceva Combination May Be Effective for Some Lung Cancer Patients | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

Results from the FASTACT clinical trial suggest that interspersing erlotinib (Tarceva) among rounds of chemotherapy improves outcomes in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Patients with advanced NSCLC received six cycles of gemcitabine (Gemzar) plus carboplatin (Paraplatin) or cisplatin (Platinol), with Tarceva added during the second half of each chemotherapy cycle. This regimen prolonged time without cancer worsening and increased survival compared to patients who had received chemotherapy and placebo, though the benefit was only seen in patients with mutations in the EGFR gene. This approach may be most useful for patients whose EGFR status is unknown, as patients with known EGFR mutations may be even better served by first-line treatment with Tarceva alone.

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Healio | Jul 10, 2013

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