A not negligible proportion of NSCLC patients may be considered eligible for a third-line therapy with a palliative intent. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to observe toxic side-effects with lack of efficacy. Aim of our study was to analyse clinical factors potentially influencing the global outcome of advanced NSCLC patients receiving third-line therapy. Patients with histologically proven inoperable (IIIB) or metastatic (IV) NSCLC, who received a second- and third-line treatment (either with EGFR-TKIs or chemotherapy), were eligible for our analysis. 143 patients received a second-line treatment after failing a first line cisplatin-based chemotherapy. 52 patients from this series were offered a third-line treatment. In the third-line setting, a better overall survival (months) was related to sex and to response to second-line. Globally, our findings seem to indicate that an improved overall survival in third-line is more strictly dependent on response to second-line, thus suggesting that when planning a third-line treatment, response to second-line should be considered as a relevant factor for the decision making process. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
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|Titolo:||Clinical predictive factors for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients receiving third-line therapy: Selecting the unselectable?|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Tipologia:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|