Dr. Scagliotti on Lung Cancer Treatment-Related Toxicities
Giorgio V. Scagliotti, MD, PhD, Head, Thoracic Oncology Unit, Department of Clinical and Biological Sciences, University of Turin, San Luigi Hospital, Orbassano, Italy, discusses toxicities related to chemotherapy and surgery in patients with lung cancer.
Pain and other toxicities vary from patient to patient, Scagliotti says, though patients who undergo major surgery are likely to experience more symptoms. Even with a molecularly-targeted therapy approach, side effects are present. Studies with a quality of life assessment nested into the main study have enabled disease-related symptoms to vastly improve.
Skin and GI toxicities have been observed following treatment with EGFR-targeted agents, Scagliotti notes, though more with afatinib than erlotinib or gefitinib. With all of these agents though, patients are still experiencing a survival advantage.