SCLC with Pleural Effusions: Is there Benefit to Adding Radiation?

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In my earliest introductory post about SCLC, I described the typical staging breakdown used clinically, which is essentially divided into limited disease SCLC (LD-SCLC), which is typically treated with chemo and chest radiation together, with curative intent, and extensive disease SCLC (ED-SCLC), which is typically treated with chemo alone and is not considered conventionally curable.

Consolidation Radiation to Residual Chest Disease After Chemo for Extensive SCLC?

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Here's a situation in which I learned something from the questions raised by people here online. A handful of people with extensive disease small cell lung cancer (ED-SCLC) in the last year or two have mentioned receiving radiation for areas of residual apparent disease after receiving initial chemotherapy. I had noted that I had never done this and didn't really see a clear rationale for pursuing a local treatment like radiation for a disease that has already declared itself as spreading throughout the body.

Alimta Disappointing in Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC)

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As described in my last post, one of the interesting points we've seen from the recent trial of maintenance alimta vs. placebo after first line chemo for advanced NSCLC is that alimta's beneficial effects appear to be concentrated on the 2/3 of patients with non-squamous cancers, while the patients with squamous cell NSCLC did no better with alimta than with placebo.

Zactima (Vandetanib) in SCLC: An Argument Against Maintenance Therapy

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There's been several discussions about the potential value of maintenance therapy after the initial chemotherapy for SCLC; I've discussed this subject in a prior post, in which I focused on chemo -- while the results haven't been strong enough to lead to a change in standard practice, at least one trial showed a strong trend in the right direction.