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Factors involved in treatment preference in patients with renal cancer: pazopanib versus sunitinib

Authors Mitchell C, Parikh O

Received 24 October 2013

Accepted for publication 23 November 2013

Published 22 April 2014 Volume 2014:8 Pages 503—511


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Catherine C Mitchell, Omi A Parikh

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Preston, Lancashire, UK

Abstract: The last decade has seen a surge in the treatment options for metastatic renal cell carcinoma and life expectancies are now approaching 3 years from diagnosis. There is some suggestion that, for now at least, we may have reached a plateau in efficacy. Patients are often stable and on treatment for years rather than months. Attention has therefore shifted to a focus on patient preference rather than reported frequency of toxicities. The standard first-line treatment for metastatic clear-cell renal cancer is either sunitinib or pazopanib. The COMPARZ trial has shown that sunitinib and pazopanib have similar efficacy. The PISCES trial, with its unique design, has evaluated patient preference between pazopanib and sunitinib. This review explores the factors involved in treatment preference in patients with renal cancer and in particular the choice between pazopanib and sunitinib.

Keywords: PISCES, patient preference, sunitinib, pazopanib

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