Category Archives: crizotinib – Xalkori from Pfizer

Patients can live a median of 6.8 years after stage 4 diagnosis

A study of 110 patients at the University of Colorado found that 50% of patients live 6.8 years or longer. These were patients who had access to multiple ALK inhibitors through clinical trials at that research University. That University also … Continue reading

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Brigatinib vs Crizotinib phase 3 interim results

In September 2018, Takeda reported a pre-designated first interim analysis of a phase 3 trial in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study enrolled 275 ALK inhibitor naive patients. Half got Brigatinib and half got Crizotinib. For Brigatinib: at … Continue reading

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FDA conditionally approves Loralatinib

As of 11-2-2018 the FDA conditionally approved Loralatinib. It’s brand name is Lorbrena. The approval is for Loralatinib treatment for patients: 1) as a third line after crizotinib and one other ALK inhibitor (basically Brigatinib), or 2) as a second line treatment … Continue reading

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Great page with very high quality info on AlK & AlK inhibitors

Below is a link to a page that provides comprehensive regularly updated info written by two ALK research oncologists Dr. Alice Shaw and Ben Solomon, Phd (then edited by three people). It is written for an audience of doctors and … Continue reading

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Roche at ASCO with Alectinib findings

Roche (Genentech) announced on June 6, 2017 at the 2017 ASCO conference that the have results from their first line Phase 3 Global Trial that Alectinib had a median PFS of 25.7 months vs 10.4 months for Crizotinib (over a … Continue reading

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Outcomes for ALK+ patients

Abstract e20550 is from Spain and involves 49 patients. Patients took 6 different ALK inhibitors. The abstract concluded “ALK+ patients who received targeted agents have prolonged survival despite brain metastases…. ALK inhibitors improve intracranial response rate and survival.”

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Discontinuing Crizotinib treatment

Abstract e20610 is from Canada and covers 97 patients. Post Crizotinib treatment 43% received Ceritinib, 20% received chemo and 37% received no additional treatment. Median overall survival was: 0.9 months for those who received no additional treatment, 7.6 months for … Continue reading

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HSP90 and Crizotinib

Abstract 9059 basically flung that administrating an HSP90 inhibitor at the same time as Crizotinib did not delay the development of resistance to Crizotinib.

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Crizotinib and children

Abstract 11509 covers 107 pediatric patients and their tumors. ALK alterations were found in 18 of them (not all are fusion mutations). The ages ranged from 3-16 years. 7 patients were still being treated at the data cut off. At … Continue reading

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Alectinib Japan trial abstract

Abstract 9008 covers the J-ALEX phase 3 trial comparing Crizotinib (arm A) with Alectinib (arm B) in TKI naive patients. There were 207 patients at 41 centers in Japan randomized between the two arms. Arm A had a median PFS … Continue reading

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