Edward S. Kim, MD
It has been a year of therapeutic advancements in the field of non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), most notably with 2 targeted agents that significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS) outcomes in differing subgroups of patients.
on Advanced Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer, Kim, chair, Solid Tumor Oncology and Investigational Therapeutics, Donald S. Kim Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research, Levine Cancer Institute, Carolinas HealthCare System, spoke to the advancements in lung cancer in 2017, specifically in EGFR- and ALK-positive patients and those with PD-L1 expression.
OncLive: You chaired this State of the Science SummitTM. Can you share some of the overall advancements we have witnessed in this field?
: The landscape in lung cancer has changed so much in the last 6 months to 1 year—you can really put any time stamp on it over the last 5 years. We had a lot of interest [at the meeting] because people need to catch up. There seems to [constantly] be emails coming from the FDA or ASCO [with updates on] a new drug, new biomarker, or another indication. That is exciting for patients; this has happened with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), biomarkers, and immunotherapy.
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