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Ceritinib for an anaplastic lymphoma kinase rearrangement-positive patient previously treated with alectinib with poor performance status

Authors Kitadai R, Okuma Y, Kawai S

Received 2 September 2018

Accepted for publication 24 November 2018

Published 17 December 2018 Volume 2019:12 Pages 15—19


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Takuya Aoki

Rui Kitadai, Yusuke Okuma, Shoko Kawai

Department of Thoracic Oncology and Respiratory Medicine, Tokyo Metropolitan Cancer and Infectious Diseases Center Komagome Hospital, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8677, Japan

ALK inhibitors are promising for treating ALK rearrangement non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but secondary mutations of ALK can sometimes inhibit their effectiveness. A 54-year-old woman with lung adenocarcinoma harboring ALK rearrangement previously treated with first-line alectinib and second-line cisplatin/pemetrexed showed poor performance status (PS) with rapid progression. She was treated with ceritinib as salvage treatment, upon which tumor shrinkage was demonstrated on CT and her PS gradually improved. The best supportive care is recommended for patients with advanced NSCLC with poor PS due to lower treatment efficacy and more toxicities than those with good PS. In this case, rapid progression led to a poor PS; however, ceritinib achieved a breakthrough in this case. The optimal treatment sequence and key drugs in ALK-positive NSCLC remain controversial.

Keywords: anaplastic lymphoma kinase, non-small-cell lung cancer, ceritinib, alectinib, poor performance status

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