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Denise Brock

ASCO 2017 – Lung Cancer – Improved Progression-Free Survival with Iressa as Adjuvant Therapy for EGFR Patients

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H. Jack West, MD
Medical Director
Thoracic Oncology Program Swedish Cancer Institute
President & CEO, GRACE
Matthew Gubens, MD
Thoracic Oncologist
Thoracic Surgery and Oncology Clinic
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Jyoti D. Patel, MD
Director Thoracic Oncology
University of Chicago Medicine

 

Drs. H. Jack West, Medical Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, Washington and President and CEO of GRACE, Matthew Gubens, Thoracic Oncologist at the Thoracic Surgery and Oncology Clinic of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Center in San Francisco, California, and Jyoti Patel, Director of Thoracic Oncology at University of Chicago Medicine gathered post meeting to discuss new information from ASCO 2017 regarding lung cancer.   In this roundtable video, the doctors discuss  Improved Progression-Free Survival with Iressa as Adjuvant Therapy for EGFR Mutation Positive Patients and Why That Doesn’t Change Anything.


 


 

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Denise Brock

Lung Cancer Video Library – Liquid Biopsies for Broad Next Generation Sequencing Testing

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We welcome Dr. Luis Raez, MD FACP FCCP, Chief of Hematology/Oncology and Medical Director at Memorial Cancer Institute, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Florida International University with 2017 updates to our Lung Cancer Video Library.  In this recent video for GRACE, Dr. Raez discusses Liquid Biopsies for Broad Next Generation Sequencing Testing.


 

 

 

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 Dr. Luis Raez, MD FACP FCCP

Chief of Hematology/Oncology and Medical Director, Memorial Cancer Institute
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Florida International University
 

 

 


  


Denise Brock

Lung Cancer Video Library – Liquid Biopsies for EGFR

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We welcome Dr. Luis Raez, MD FACP FCCP, Chief of Hematology/Oncology and Medical Director at Memorial Cancer Institute, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Florida International University with 2017 updates to our Lung Cancer Video Library.  In this recent video for GRACE, Dr. Raez discusses Liquid Biopsies for EGFR.


 

 

 

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 Dr. Luis Raez, MD FACP FCCP

Chief of Hematology/Oncology and Medical Director, Memorial Cancer Institute
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Florida International University
 

 

 


  


Denise Brock

Lung Cancer Video Library – Spanish Language: Video #37 Basics of Lung Cancer Staging

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We are pleased to continue this series of informational videos for our Spanish speaking community.  GRACE is pleased to welcome Dr. Rafael Santana-Davila, Assistant Professor with the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.  In this 37th video for the Spanish lung cancer video library, Dr. Santana-Davila joined GRACE to discuss the basics of lung cancer staging.  


 

 

 

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Lo básico en los estadios de cancer de pulmón

Basics of lung cancer staging

 Dr. Rafael Santana-Davila

Chief of Hematology/Oncology and Medical Director, Memorial Cancer Institute,
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Florida International University

 

Spanish TRANSCRIPT

Lo principal que nos preguntamos nosotros cuando vemos a un paciente con cáncer es en que estadio esta, que es básicamente que tan avanzado está el cáncer. Cuando el cáncer esta solo en el pulmón, no se ha ido a ningún ganglio linfático ni a otra parte del cuerpo, le llamamos estadio uno. Cuando el cáncer ha avanzado a ganglios linfáticos cercanos pero no al mediastino es estadio dos y cuando avanza al mediastino es estadio tres. Por último cuando ha avanzado a otros órganos, a la región pleural del pulmón o a otras partes del pulmón, le llamamos estadio 4.

En cáncer de células pequeñas es relativamente fácil diagnosticar en que estadio está, ya que si está solo en un pulmón le llamamos estado limitado y cuando está en varias partes del pulmón o en el otro pulmón u otras partes del cuerpo le llamamos estadio avanzado. 


 

 

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The main question to have when we see a cancer patient is in what stage he is, which is basically how advanced the cancer is. When the cancer is located just in the lung, has not affected a lymph node or any other organ is called stage one. When the disease has affected lymph nodes close to the cancer but not the mediastinum is called stage two, while the affection of the mediastinum is stage three. Finally, when the cancer has spread to other organs, the pleura of the lung or other parts of the lung is called stage four.

In small lung cancer cells is relatively easy to diagnose the stage because when it’s only present in the lung it’s the limited stage and when it is located in several parts of the lung, or in the other lung or other organs is the advanced stage.


Denise Brock

Lung Cancer Video Library – Spanish Language: Video #36 Treatment Options for Acquired Resistance to EGFR TKIs: T790M-Negative Disease

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We continue to provide informational videos for our Spanish speaking community and welcome Dr. Luis Raez, MD FACP FCCP, Chief of Hematology/Oncology and Medical Director at Memorial Cancer Institute, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Florida International University.  Dr. Raez joined GRACE to discuss the basics of lung cancer.  In this 36th video for the Spanish lung cancer video library, Dr. Raez discusses treatment options for acquired resistance to EGFR TKIs: T790M-negative disease.


 

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Opciones de tratamiento para la resistencia adquirida a los inhibidores de tirosinas cinasa del receptor del factor de crecimiento epidérmico (EGFR): enfermedad T790M negativo.

Treatment options for acquired resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitor in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR): T790 negative disease

 Dr. Luis Raez, MD FACP FCCP

Chief of Hematology/Oncology and Medical Director, Memorial Cancer Institute,
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Florida International University

 

Spanish TRANSCRIPT

También cuando hablamos de resistencia a inhibidores de la tirosina cinasa, ya hablamos que para los pacientes con 790 hay un nuevo fármaco que se llama osimertinib. El problema es ¿qué hacemos con el resto de los pacientes? Como les decía 60% de los pacientes que están en inhibidores de la tirosina cinasa, van a tener la mutación 790, que, si ustedes saben la pueden encontrar en la sangre, la orina o en una nueva biopsia, y ahí vamos a poder usar el fármaco nuevo.

Pero, ¿qué hacemos con el 40% de pacientes que no podemos documentar la mutación?

Hay esperanza para estos pacientes porque sabemos hoy en día que para muchos de estos pacientes que no tienen esta mutación, el mecanismo de resistencia está a través de la vía MET. Entonces tenemos en investigación inhibidores de MET y de su vía, que podría ser una solución para salvar a estos pacientes. La otra opción es que algunos de estos pacientes, en un grupo pequeño como del 10% hacen carcinoma de pulmón de células pequeñas. En otras palabras, el tumor original que era carcinoma de células granes se transforma en carcinoma de células pequeñas, entonces estos pacientes no van a responder a ninguna terapia blanco existente porque no tenemos terapia blanco para carcinoma de células pequeñas y entonces hay que ponerlo en quimioterapia.

Por eso es tan importante hacer una biopsia, porque si no hacemos una biopsia cuando en el paciente falla el receptor de la tirosina cinasa nunca nos vamos a enterar que el paciente transformo a carcinoma de células pequeñas y nunca le vamos a dar la quimioterapia adecuada.

Al final, mientras estos descubrimientos y otros van avanzando lo que hay que hacer es poner a los pacientes en quimioterapia. Cuando un paciente falla y no podemos documentar la mutación 790, hay que ponerlo en quimioterapia o en un estudio clínico que el paciente pueda calificar.


 

English TRANSCRIPT

When we talk about tyrosine kinase inhibitors resistance, we know that for patients with the 790 mutation, we have the drug osimertinib. The problem is, what do we do with the rest of the patients? As I told you, 60% of the patients that are in tyrosine kinase inhibitors will have the 790 mutation that if we can find them in the blood, urine or in a new biopsy, we will be able to use the new drug.

But, what do we do with the 40% of patients in which we cannot verify the mutation?

There is hope for these patients because nowadays we know that most patients without this mutation have their resistance mechanism via de MET pathway. We have MET and their pathway inhibitors that could be the solution for these patients. The other option is that some patients, in a group of around 10%, make small cell lung cancer. In other words, the original large cell lung cancer transformed into small cell lung cancer. These patients will not respond to any existing targeted therapy because we don’t have a small cell cancer treatment, so we have to put them in chemotherapy. 

That is why it is so important to make a biopsy, because if we don’t make a biopsy when the patients fails with the tyrosine kinase inhibitors, then we will never know that the patient probably transformed into a small cell lung cancer and we will never give him the right therapy.

At the end, while these findings and more research is progressing, what we have to do is put the patients in chemotherapy. When a patient fails with the treatment and we cannot verify 790 mutation, we have to put him in chemotherapy or in a suitable clinical trial.


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