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Apatinib-treated advanced medullary thyroid carcinoma: a case report

Authors Chen K, Gao Y, Shi F, Cao G, Bao J

Received 25 May 2017

Accepted for publication 11 November 2017

Published 19 January 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 459—463


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Kan Chen, Yun Gao, Fei Shi, Guangqiang Cao, Jiandong Bao

Key Laboratory of Nuclear Medicine, Ministry of Health, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Molecular Nuclear Medicine, Jiangsu Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Wuxi, China

Abstract: Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) is a rare malignancy originating from calcitonin-producing parafollicular C cells of the thyroid. Neither radiotherapy nor chemotherapy has demonstrated durable objective responses in patients with advanced MTC. Vandetanib and cabozantinib are the 2 tyrosine kinase inhibitors recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, which are not affordable for most Chinese patients. Herein, we report a case of an MTC patient who responded to apatinib, a Chinese homemade tyrosine kinase inhibitor-targeted vascular endothelial growth factor receptor. The patient was treated with thyroid lobectomy but developed MTC with extensive metastasis. The levels of serum calcitonin and carcino-embryonic antigen were much higher than the normal range. Apatinib was given at a dose of 500 mg daily and adjusted according to tolerance. Sixteen weeks following apatinib administration, the patient achieved a partial response, which lasted more than 9 weeks. No severe toxicity or drug-related side effect was observed during the treatment. Therefore, apatinib could be a new option for the treatment of advanced MTC.

Keywords: apatinib, tyrosine kinase inhibitors, advanced medullary thyroid carcinoma

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