The epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR TKIs) like erlotinib and gefitinib have been extensively studied. Multiple randomized trials have evaluated the role of EGFR TKIs in advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) as a monotherapy in the first line, or subsequent lines of therapy, and in the first line in the maintenance setting or in combination with chemotherapy. Most of these trials showed positive results in particular for selected patients with specific clinical characteristic and somatic activating mutation of EGFR. A further understanding of the mechanism of primary and secondary resistance has led to the development of promising novel agents designed to overcome resistance to EGFR.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Thoracic Disease|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine