TITAN Trial: Comparison of Chemo and Tarceva in Patients Who Progressed Early on First Line Chemo for Advanced NSCLC

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One of the trials presented at the Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology last month was the TITAN trial, one of a pair of studies conducted in Europe to test the oral EGFR inhibitor Tarceva (erlotinib) in patients with chemotherapy pre-treated advanced NSCLC. The other trial, SATURN, was designed to test Tarceva as a maintenance therapy vs.

Lung Cancer FAQ: My advanced NSCLC has progressed after initial chemo. What are the leading options now?

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In the last decade, the treatment of NSCLC has evolved very significantly, and one of the leading ways has been that we've gone from having no established role for treatment after initial, first line therapy to having multiple agents with a proven benefit.

The INTEREST Trial of Chemo vs. Iressa as Second Line Treatment for Advanced NSCLC

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In a post several months ago, I described the results of a trial from Japan, designated V-15-32, that directly compared Iressa to Taxotere as a second line therapy. Although overall comparable, the study showed that Japanese patients receiving Iressa had a higher response rate, but despite that had a lower median and one year survival.