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  • Posted: 06/03/2013

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Studies confirm crizotinib's superiority to chemotherapy for ALK-positive lung cancer

Research teams led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center (a component of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) investigators are publishing two important studies regarding use of the targeted cancer drug crizotinib for treatment of advanced lung cancer driven by specific genetic mutations. The first reports the final results of a global, phase 3 trial showing that crizotinib is superior to standard chemotherapy for treatment of advanced ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The second paper describes the first report of resistance to crizotinib treatment in a patient with ROS1-positive NSCLC and reveals the mechanism underlying that resistance. Both papers are being published online in the New England Journal of Medicine to coincide with the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting.

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