Xalkori (critzotinib) was the first approved treatment for ALK+ and ROS1 lung cancer. Since then, other drugs have been approved or are currently undergoing scientific review. In this video, Dr. Owonikoko outlines these options for patients.
Drs. Leora Horn, Ben Solomon, & Jack West review whether there are specific factors that should make one second generation ALK inhibitor more ideal than other competing options for a specific patient with an ALK rearrangement.
Drs. Ben Solomon, Leora Horn, & Jack West evaluate the evidence and consider whether there are clinically significant differences among the second generation ALK inhibitors that would lead to a reason to prefer one over another for a particular patient.
Clinical Trial Spotlight: Should a Second Generation ALK Inhibitor be First Line Therapy for Patients with ALK-Positive NSCLC?
Dr. Jack West asks the question of whether newer, more active ALK inhibitors such as alectinib should be used as first line therapy rather than for acquired resistance, including introducing the ALEX trial that is trying to answer this question.