Clinical data from the real world: efficacy of Crizotinib in Chinese patients with advanced ALK-rearranged non-small cell lung cancer and brain metastases
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Puyuan Xing1,*, Shouzheng Wang1,*, Xuezhi Hao1, Tongtong Zhang1, Junling Li1
1Department of Medical Oncology, Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) and Peking Union Medical College (PUMC), Beijing, China
*These authors contributed equally to this work and should be considered co-first authors
Junling Li, email: email@example.com
Keywords: NSCLC, crizotinib, brain metastasis, chinese, real world
Received: June 29, 2016 Accepted: October 28, 2016 Published: November 07, 2016
Brain metastasis in non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients is often considered as a terminal stage of advanced disease. Crizotinib is a small-molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) for ALK-rearranged NSCLC patients. Herein, we conducted a retrospective study to explore how Crizotinib affects the control of brain metastases and the overall prognosis in advanced ALK-rearranged NSCLC patients with brain metastases in Chinese population. A total of 34 patients were enrolled, of whom 20 (58.8%) patients had baseline brain metastases before Crizotinib treatment. Among patients with brain metastases before Crizotinib, overall survival (OS) after brain metastases was significantly longer than that of patients with brain metastases after Crizotinib (median OS, not reached vs. 10.3 months, respectively, p = 0.001). There was also a significant difference in systemic progression-free survival (PFS) between patients developing brain metastases before and after Crizotinib treatment (21.2 months vs. 13.9 months, p = 0.003). In conclusion, ALK-rearranged NSCLC patients with brain metastases before Crizotinib may benefit more from Crizotinib than those developing brain metastases during Crizotinib treatment.
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