"Lung cancer patients with metastatic squamous cell carcinoma have seen few treatment advancements over the last two decades, leaving these patients with a poor prognosis. This is in contrast to the progress seen in nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Results from the largest ever Phase III trial in first-line squamous NSCLC announced by Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today provide the first detailed look at a potential new treatment option for these patients."
Editor's note: This story is about a clinical trial that found promising results for some lung cancer patients treated with the new targeted therapy drug necitumumab. Necitumumab appears to benefit some patients with stage IV squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).