Lung Cancer FAQ: What is EGFR, and what are the molecular tests related to it?

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EGFR stands for epidermal growth factor receptor, which is a molecule on the surface of many cancer cells that can be activated to activate signals that promote cell growth and cell division. Though this target may play a role for many kinds of cancer, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is one type in which this target protein is seen in a majority of people's cancers.

Correlation of Rash with Survival on FLEX Trial: Predictive or Prognostic?

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Completing our tour of clinical factors that we might use for predicting benefit with the EGFR monoclonal antibody Erbitux (cetuximab) in the FLEX trial is the development of a rash. We're actually discussing rash separately from the other clinical factors from the FLEX trial that we discussed in the prior post for a couple of reasons.

Cetuximab (Erbitux) for Advanced NSCLC: Promising Results, But is it Ready for Prime Time?

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There has been quite a lot of discussion recently about the EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), erlotinib (Tarceva) and gefitinib (Iressa). Recently however the final results of the FLEX trial were published in The Lancet, bringing attention back to one of the antibodies against EGFR, cetuximab (Erbitux). Dr.