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Thoracic RT Yields Improved Survival in Extensive-Stage SCLC

Thoracic RT Yields Improved Survival in Extensive-Stage SCLC | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Thoracic radiotherapy along with prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) significantly prolonged progression-free and overall survival in patients with extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer, according to results of a new study presented at ASCO.


"Ben Slotman, MD, PhD, of VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, presented the study and said that previous work had shown that PCI could improve both symptomatic brain metastases and overall survival at 1 year. 'In that study, we also noticed that the vast majority of patients after chemotherapy had intrathoracic disease' and intrathoracic progression, he said, which was the impetus for the new study using thoracic radiotherapy."


Editor's note: To learn more about new prospects for treating small cell lung cancer (SCLC), see our two-part blog feature on the topic.

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New Clinical Trial for SCLC Now Enrolling Patients

New Clinical Trial for SCLC Now Enrolling Patients | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

While medical research has produced significant treatment innovations for many cancer types, so far little has changed for small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Current treatment guidelines recommend chemotherapy with etoposide (Etopophos) and cisplatin (Platinol), drugs than are more than 30 years old. Relapse is common, and survival rates remain low. Now, the new  PINNACLE clinical trial will investigate a new drug against SCLC. Patients with extensive-stage SCLC who have never received any other cancer treatment will be treated with Etopophos and Platinol either by themselves or in combination with the new drug, OMP-59R5. The drug acts by inhibiting NOTCH, a protein involved in cell development and growth that plays a role in various cancers. For more information, call 646-888-4203.

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ScienceDaily | Nov 13, 2013

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Small Cell Lung Cancer Patient Treated for 5 Years with Chemotherapy and Lower Airway Clearing

Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) often extends to the bronchi (airway branches that connect the windpipe to the lungs), leading to breathing difficulties. A patient with extensive-stage SCLC received "endobronchial management," in which electrical currents were used to burn off tumor growth and keep the airway clear. He also received standard chemotherapy with cisplatin (Platinol). The patient remained in good condition for 5 years, after which he developed symptoms from cancer spread to the brain and eventually passed away. Adding endobronchial management to chemotherapy may increase survival in SCLC patients, although caution should be used in drawing conclusions from a single case study.

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Pneumologia | Feb 21, 2013

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Clinical Trial Will Examine Effectiveness of CRLX101 for Small Cell Lung Cancer

Clinical Trial Will Examine Effectiveness of CRLX101 for Small Cell Lung Cancer | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

Cerulean Pharma Inc. is beginning a phase II clinical trial that will investigate the safety and effectiveness of a novel chemotherapy drug, CRLX101, in patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC) who have responded to first-line, platinum-based chemotherapy. The study will compare CRLX101 to topotecan (Hycamtin), which is currently the only approved second-line therapy for relapsed SCLC. CRLX101 is already being assessed as a treatment for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in another phase II trial close to completion, and may be safer than Hycamtin.

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Amrubicin and Cisplatin Inferior to Irinotecan Regimen for Small-Cell Lung Cancer

Amrubicin and Cisplatin Inferior to Irinotecan Regimen for Small-Cell Lung Cancer | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"A combination of amrubicin and cisplatin was inferior to irinotecan and cisplatin in chemotherapy-naïve patients with extensive disease small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) in a phase III trial conducted in Japan. The irinotecan regimen remains the standard treatment for these patients in that country.


"SCLC accounts for 13% of all new cases of lung cancer, and more than half of those patients present with extensive disease. Though SCLC can be very sensitive to chemotherapy, authors of the new study wrote that “rapid emergence of clinical drug resistance has resulted in poor prognosis, with almost all such patients dead with 2 years of initial diagnosis.” Investigators led by Miyako Satouchi, MD, PhD, of the Hyogo Cancer Center in Akashi, Japan, tested the amrubicin and cisplatin combination against irinotecan and cisplatin in 284 patients; results were published online ahead of print on March 17 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology."

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Cancer Network  |  Apr 23, 2014

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Sutent May Hold Off Relapse in SCLC

Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) usually responds well to initial chemotherapy, but frequently relapses within a short time. Maintenance therapy with the drug sunitinib (Sutent) may delay relapse and improve outcomes for SCLC patients, results from a recent phase II clinical trial suggest. Patients with extensive-stage SCLC who had responded to initial chemotherapy were given either Sutent as maintenance therapy or a placebo. Sutent, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) that blocks several proteins involved in SCLC, prolonged the time without cancer progression (3.2 months on average, compared to 2.3 months in the placebo-treated patients). Patients receiving Sutent also tended to have longer overall survival (8.9 months vs 6.9 months with placebo), although this finding was not clear enough to determine whether it was due to chance. The survival difference between patient groups may have been smaller because placebo-treated patients whose cancer relapsed were allowed to switch to Sutent, suggesting that Sutent may actually have more definite effects on patient survival.

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Pomalidomide Can Be Safely Added to Chemotherapy in Small Cell Lung Cancer

In a recent phase I/IIa study, patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC) that had not previously been treated were given a drug called pomalidomide. The treatment was combined with standard chemotherapy consisting of cisplatin (Platinol) and etoposide (Etopophos/Toposar). Pomalidomide appeared to be safe, with a maximum tolerated dose of 4 mg/day. However, it did not appear to increase the efficacy or decrease the toxicity of the chemotherapy.

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Journal of Thoracic Oncology | Jan 30, 2013

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