Lung Cancer

Regular CT Scans for NSCLC Follow-Up May Not Be Necessary

Phoebe Starr

November 2017, Vol 7, No 11 - ESMO Highlights, Lung Cancer

Madrid, Spain—Findings from a randomized clinical trial suggest that follow-up computed tomography (CT) scans in patients with fully resected non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) may not be needed every 3 to 6 months in the first 2 years after surgery. Results of the IFCT-0302 study were presented at the 2017 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress, showing no significant difference in overall survival (OS) among patients who had CT scans as part of their follow-up versus those who did not. [ Read More ]

Potentially Practice-Changing Results: PD-L1 Inhibitor for Unresectable, Stage III Lung Cancer

Phoebe Starr

October 2017, Vol 7, No 10 - Lung Cancer

Madrid, Spain—Durvalumab (Imfinzi), a PD-L1 inhibitor, improved progression-free survival (PFS) by 11.2 months compared with placebo in patients with locally advanced, unresectable stage III non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that did not progress after standard treatment with chemoradiotherapy. These results—presented at the 2017 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress—come from PACIFIC, the first phase 3 clinical trial of a PD-L1 inhibitor in patients with locally advanced NSCLC outside of the metastatic setting. [ Read More ]

When Does Immunotherapy Work Best in Lung Cancer?

Wayne Kuznar

September 2017, Vol 7, No 9 - Lung Cancer

Chicago, IL—Response to immunotherapy in non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) differs depending on the driver mutation involved and on the amount of PD-L1 expression within the tumor. Immune checkpoint inhibitors in NSCLC—PD-1 and PD-L1 inhibitors—have similar efficacy and adverse event profiles. These were among the topics discussed at the 2017 ASCO annual meeting in a session on immunotherapy and lung cancer. [ Read More ]