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Review of the use of ceritinib, a newly approved anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibitor, in crizotinib-resistant anaplastic lymphoma kinase-rearranged non-small cell lung cancer
Research Day
  • Sonia Thomas, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Afua Gyapong, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Nathan Greenfield, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Location
Georgia
Start Date
12-5-2015 1:00 PM
Description

Lung cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers in the United States, and is the leading cause of death related to cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common subtype, with approximately 85% of diagnosed lung cancer being non-small cell lung cancer. Several genetic mutations exist in patients with non-small cell lung cancer, which allows for specialized targeted therapy. One such mutation, EML4-ALK fusion protein abnormalities, represents roughly 5% of non-small cell lung cancer patients, but the patient population in which it is most prevalent is young adults and those that don’t smoke or have a short history of smoking. Ceritinib (Zykadia), a newly approved ALK tyrosine kinase inhibitor, shows exceptional potency against ALK mutations, and shows promise in the ability to overcome resistance that develops during crizotinib (Xalkori) therapy. Several studies are currently underway that are further evaluating the effectiveness of ceritinib in different areas of treatment for ALK-rearranged non-small cell lung cancer.

Citation Information
Sonia Thomas, Afua Gyapong and Nathan Greenfield. "Review of the use of ceritinib, a newly approved anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibitor, in crizotinib-resistant anaplastic lymphoma kinase-rearranged non-small cell lung cancer" (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sonia_patel/1/