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Dr. Jack West is a medical oncologist and thoracic oncology specialist, and Executive Director of Employer Services at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, CA.

Video Presentation on Second Line Chemo for Advanced NSCLC
Sat, 03/28/2009 - 17:41
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Howard (Jack) West, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Medical Oncology, Executive Director, Employer Services, Founder, President and CEO of GRACE

One of the core issues in managing advanced NSCLC is second line chemotherapy, which was established as improving survival several years ago. This video presentation provides a brief summary of the work that led to the common use of chemotherapy in previously treated patients. Most typically, this is taxotere (docetaxel) or alimta (pemetrexed), and this presentation describes why we focus most commonly on these chemo agents.

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Importantly, another second line treatment option is the oral EGFR inhibitor tarceva (erlotinib), a targeted therapy and not standard chemotherapy. The work leading to the approval of tarceva as a second or third line treatment for advanced NSCLC will be covered in a separate presentation.

As with other presentations, below you'll find links to the figures as well as the transcript for this program.

Second Line Chemo for Adv NSCLC Figures

Second Line Chemo for Adv NSCLC Transcript

Although the fact that this program is sponsored by Mr. Alec Brindle is mentioned in the program itself, I wanted give special thanks to Mr. Brindle for his support, financial and personal, in bringing OncTalk and then GRACE from an idea to a real mechanism for helping the cancer community.

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