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Clinical data from the real world: efficacy of Crizotinib in Chinese patients with advanced ALK-rearranged non-small cell lung cancer and brain metastases

Puyuan Xing, Shouzheng Wang, Xuezhi Hao, Tongtong Zhang and Junling Li _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:84666-84674. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.13179

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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

Correspondence to:

Junling Li, email: [email protected]

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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