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Long-term progression-free survival of third-line apatinib in lung squamous cell carcinoma

Authors Li X, Li X, Fang X, Yuan Y

Received 19 October 2017

Accepted for publication 8 May 2018

Published 16 July 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 4047—4050


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Xiaofen Li,1,2,* Xia Li,3,* Xuefeng Fang,1 Ying Yuan1

Department of Medical Oncology, The Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China; 2Department of Abdominal Oncology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China; 3Department of Operation Room, Zhejiang Province People’s Hospital, People’s Hospital of Hangzhou Medical College, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

To date, there is no standard third-line therapy for EGFR- and ALK-negative lung squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Apatinib, an oral small-molecule VEGFR-2 inhibitor, has shown good therapeutic effect and safety in chemotherapy-refractory gastric cancer, but its efficacy in lung SCC is not determined. In this report, we present a 69-year-old Chinese man with locally advanced EGFR- and ALK-negative lung SCC, who received apatinib after failure of 2 treatment regimens. After 4 months of apatinib therapy, chest computed tomography scan showed a large cavity in the lung tumor, while there was minimal change in tumor size. The patient had quite a long progression-free survival time of over 17 months and tolerated apatinib very well. Apatinib provides an additional option for salvage treatment of lung SCC without driver gene mutations, but further large-scale clinical studies are still warranted.

Keywords: apatinib, lung squamous cell carcinoma, efficacy

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