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Lung Cancer Microscopic Appearance Affects Response to Chemotherapy
Date:2/17/2009

tion between cancer histology and response to pemetrexed was similar in both groups of patients. Based on the results of the frontline trial, pemetrexed has been approved for initial treatment of NSCLC in Europe, Canada and the United States, in combination with cisplatin, another chemotherapy drug.

In the past, cancer histology hasn't been considered in selecting treatments for patients with NSCLC. "For more than 25 years medical oncologists have simply looked at the distinction between small-cell and non-small-cell lung cancer in making systemic treatment decisions," says Prof. Scagliotti. "This is because there has previously been no convincing evidence that the available treatments have any differential activity based on the histologic subtype of NSCLC." "On the basis of these studies, tumor histology should be carefully assessed when selecting treatment options for patients with advanced NSCLC," says Prof. Scagliotti.

The article entitled "The Differential Efficacy of Pemetrexed According to NSCLC Histology: A Review of Two Phase III Studies," has been published by "The Oncologist," and is freely available online at:

http://theoncologist.com/cgi/content/abstract/theoncologist.2008-0232v1

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