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November 11th 2023
As treatments for patients with stage IV non–small cell lung cancer continue to evolve, patients with PD-L1–negative disease represent a unique cohort and chemotherapy/immunotherapy or immunotherapy doublet regimens appear to be effective.
Neoadjuvant treatment with nivolumab plus platinum-based chemotherapy followed by adjuvant nivolumab increased pathological complete response rates and prolonged survival compared with neoadjuvant chemotherapy alone in patients with resectable stage IIIA/B non–small cell lung cancer.
China’s National Medical Products Administration has accepted a supplemental new drug application seeking the approval of toripalimab in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer.
As antibody-drug conjugates become an established part of the lung cancer treatment paradigm, identifying which patients will benefit the most from treatment with these highly specific agents remains a challenge for clinicians.
The European Commission has approved nivolumab in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy for the neoadjuvant treatment of patients with resectable non–small cell lung cancer at high risk of recurrence with tumor cell PD-L1 expression of at least 1%.
Stephen V. Liu, MD, highlighted the importance of next-generation sequencing in lung cancer, key trials that have shifted the non–small cell lung cancer treatment landscape, and detailed ongoing research at Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The addition of pembrolizumab to pemetrexed and platinum-based chemotherapy resulted in a numerical, but not statistically significant, improvement in progression-free survival or overall survival vs chemotherapy plus placebo in patients with TKI-resistant, EGFR-mutated, metastatic nonsquamous non–small cell lung cancer.
The addition of pembrolizumab to neoadjuvant platinum-based chemotherapy followed by resection and adjuvant pembrolizumab alone resulted in a significant improvement in event-free survival and pathological response for patients with early-stage non–small cell lung cancer.
John V. Heymach, MD, PhD, expands on the efficacy of perioperative durvalumab in the AEGAN trial, the significance of this unique approach for the non–small cell lung cancer treatment paradigm, and future research examining opportunities to build on or intensify the benefit achieved with this regimen.
Jarushka Naidoo, MD, M.B.B.Ch., explains the 5-year-data update from a study investigating single-agent pembrolizumab vs chemotherapy for advanced NSCLC.
Data for adjuvant atezolizumab following neoadjuvant atezolizumab and resection demonstrated an improvement in disease-free survival and a trend toward improved overall survival in patients with resectable stage IB to IIIB non–small cell lung cancer compared with those who did not receive adjuvant atezolizumab.
The combination of tusamitamab ravtansine and pembrolizumab with or without chemotherapy generated responses and was well tolerated when used as first-line treatment for patients with CEACAM5-positive nonsquamous non–small cell lung cancer.
The use of 4 cycles of chemotherapy plus durvalumab with or without tremelimumab-actl was associated with improved or sustained response and similar toxicity compared with chemotherapy alone as frontline therapy in patients with metastatic non–small cell lung cancer, according to post hoc exploratory findings from the phase 3 POSEIDON trial.
The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has recommended the approval of cemiplimab-rwlc in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy as frontline treatment for adult patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer with PD-L1 expression of 1% or higher.
Stephen V. Liu, MD, discusses the effect of the FDA approval of atezolizumab on the development of other chemoimmunotherapy regimens and ongoing efforts to expand and individualize treatment options in small cell lung cancer.
Treatment with dostarlimab (Jemperli) plus chemotherapy reduced the risk of disease progression or death by 30% compared with pembrolizumab (Keytruda) plus chemotherapy as a frontline treatment for patients with metastatic non-squamous non–small cell lung cancer.