Interview with Dr. Suresh Ramalingam: Current Standards and Controversies in Locally Advanced NSCLC

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Dr. Suresh Ramalingam is a longtime friend of mine and a national leader in the field of lung cancer. He is the Director of the Lung Cancer Program at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta, and he was kind enough to sit down with me to talk about his perspective on the current optimal treatment for patients with stage III, or locally advanced, NSCLC. We also spoke about managing metastatic disease, which will be covered in a separate podcast. It's an audio interview, but if people watch the video version, there are some figures synchronized with the discussion.

Interview with Dr. Toni Wozniak, Covering SCLC Basics

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I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Toni Wozniak, Moedical Oncologist and lung cancer expert at the Barbara A. Karmanos Cancer Center at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. We covered several topics, including SCLC, the subject of this podcast. It is an audio interview but includes a few figures that are synchronized with the audio on the video version, or you can download the pdf of the figures and just follow along with the audio.

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Is More Better in SCLC? Triplets vs. Platinum/Etoposide

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We've always been tempted to see if we can add more to standard approaches to improve our outcomes. In SCLC, people have attempted to add taxol to cisplatin and etoposide as part of the PET regimen (platinum + etoposide + taxol). Although heavily tested, it clarified that triplet therapy with standard chemo for SCLC appears to be associated with no improvement in outcomes but with a very significant improvement in side effects, including risk of dying from treatment.

Timing EGFR Inhibitors and Chemo: Why I Don't Give Them Concurrently

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Both standard chemotherapy and EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) have been approved in NSCLC, and other anti-EGFR agents like erbitux/cetuximab and vectabix/panitumumab are also commercially available for treating other cancers and are being studied in lung cancer. Iressa was previously approved as a single agent in previously treated patients with advanced NSCLC, and Tarceva is now available but approved also as a single agent therapy. However, some oncologists give EGFR inhibitor therapies in combination with standard chemo.