New First-Line Treatment Approved for Small Cell Lung Cancer

2019-03-19T20:57:12+00:00March 19th, 2019|Hot Topics, News|

On March 18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a combination of the immunotherapy atezolizumab (Tecentriq) along with standard chemotherapy (carboplatin and etoposide) for patients who are starting treatment for extensive stage small cell lung cancer. This is the first immunotherapy approved up front, as a first treatment, for small cell lung cancer (SCLC). The approval was based on the IMPower133 clinical trial which showed that more patients survived longer when taking the combination than standard chemotherapy. Click here [...]

FDA Approves Tagrisso as First-line Treatment for NSCLC

2018-04-23T13:55:25+00:00April 19th, 2018|Hot Topics, News|

Thursday, April 19, 2018 – This week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved targeted therapy drug, osimertinib (Tagrisso), as a frontline treatment for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have tumors with the EGFR mutations. The approval is based off results from a study showing that Tagrisso as a first-line treatment prevented the cancer from progressing for 8.7 months longer than erlotinib (Tarceva) and gefitinib (Iressa). Up until this point, Tagrisso was approved as a second-line treatment [...]