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LUNG CANCER IN 2018

A banner year for immunotherapy and targeted therapy

In 2018, advances in the treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have been observed both in trials of immunotherapies and targeted agents, leading to dramatically improved options for patients with metastatic and stage III NSCLC.

Key advances

  • Combination of immune-checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) with chemotherapy extends survival regardless of PD-L1 expression4,5.

  • New-generation targeted agents improve outcomes for patients with EGFR or ALK-driven disease8,9.

  • Patients with unresectable stage III NSCLC can benefit from consolidation therapy with durvalumab following chemoradiation11.

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S.S.R. has served as a consultant for Abbvie, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bristol Myers Squibb, Celgene, Lilly Oncology, Loxo, Merck, Nektar, Roche and Tesaro; has received travel support to attend advisory board meetings from AstraZeneca, EMD Serono and Pfizer; and his institution receives research support from Abbvie, AstraZeneca, Bristol Myers Squib, EMB Serono, Pfizer, Takeda and Vertex. J.W.C. declares no competing interests.

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Carlisle, J.W., Ramalingam, S.S. A banner year for immunotherapy and targeted therapy. Nat Rev Clin Oncol 16, 79–80 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41571-018-0138-4

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