Dr. Salgia on Crizotinib and Other TKIs in ALK-Positive NSCLC

Ravi Salgia, MD, PhD
Published: Monday, Feb 19, 2018



Ravi Salgia, MD, PhD, associate director, Clinical Sciences Research, Arthur & Rosalie Kaplan Chair, Medical Oncology, professor and chair, Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, City of Hope, discusses effective agents in the treatment of patients with ALK-positive tumors.

The phase I clinical trial that investigated crizotinib (Xalkori) was initially designed to examine the compound as a MET inhibitor. Investigators later realized that it was also an effective ALK inhibitor, Salgia says. The drug was later approved by the FDA because of its durable progression-free survival in third-line, fourth-line, and fifth-line therapies.

There are other tyrosine-kinase inhibitors for ALK-positive patients, such as ceritinib (Zykadia), brigatinib (Alunbrig), and alectinib (Alecensa). Now, researchers are looking at how to optimally sequence these agents.
 
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Ravi Salgia, MD, PhD, associate director, Clinical Sciences Research, Arthur & Rosalie Kaplan Chair, Medical Oncology, professor and chair, Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, City of Hope, discusses effective agents in the treatment of patients with ALK-positive tumors.

The phase I clinical trial that investigated crizotinib (Xalkori) was initially designed to examine the compound as a MET inhibitor. Investigators later realized that it was also an effective ALK inhibitor, Salgia says. The drug was later approved by the FDA because of its durable progression-free survival in third-line, fourth-line, and fifth-line therapies.

There are other tyrosine-kinase inhibitors for ALK-positive patients, such as ceritinib (Zykadia), brigatinib (Alunbrig), and alectinib (Alecensa). Now, researchers are looking at how to optimally sequence these agents.
 



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