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Bekaii-Saab Highlights Emerging Treatments for Patients With mCRC

Caroline Seymour
Published: Friday, Jun 22, 2018

Tanios Bekaii-Saab, MD
Tanios Bekaii-Saab, MD
Dosing strategies and novel treatment regimens are 2 of many areas being explored in the colorectal cancer (CRC) eld, while paying close attention to molecular subgroups, explained Tanios Bekaii-Saab, MD.

State of the Science Summit,™ Bekaii-Saab, who chaired the meeting, outlined clinical trials that have defined the current landscape of mCRC and what research is underway.

OncLive: What is currently being discussed in refractory mCRC?

Bekaii-Saab: These patients go through first and second- line therapies, and sometimes through third-line therapy. The question becomes, “What do we do for patients beyond second-line therapy?” Previously, we had very few options, if any, for these patients. Now we have 2 oral options with regorafenib and TAS-102 (Lonsurf). These agents are different from each other. Regorafenib is a multikinase inhibitor; it’s a multitargeted agent. TAS-102 is a more traditional cytotoxic agent; it belongs to the family of fluoropyrimidines. It’s not 5-FU [5-fluorouracil] or capecitabine; it belongs to that family that seems to work when the others fail.
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