Hopeful Developments in the Survival Rate for Patients With Extensive-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer: Insights from Anne Chiang, MD, PhD

Anne Chiang, MD, PhD.

Patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC) are experiencing better survival rates than they have in past years. In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Anne Chiang, MD, PhD, Chief Integration Officer and Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Smilow Cancer Hospital and Associate Professor in the Section of Medical Oncology at Yale School of Medicine, discusses recent developments that have led to improvements in survival rates, as well as also exciting new developments to come in the treatment of patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer.

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Durvalumab for Extensive-Stage Small-Cell Lung Cancer: Jonathan Goldman, MD

In this interview, Jonathan Goldman, MD, speaks with i3 Health about the recent FDA approval of durvalumab (Imfinzi®, AstraZeneca) in combination with platinum/etoposide for patients with extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC). The approval was based on CASPIAN, a phase 3 trial in which durvalumab/platinum/etoposide significantly increased median overall survival and produced a higher overall response rate compared with platinum/etoposide alone. Dr. Goldman, Associate Professor of Hema...
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Durvalumab Approved for Extensive-Stage SCLC

The FDA has approved durvalumab (Imfinzi®, AstraZeneca) in combination with either carboplatin/etoposide or cisplatin/etoposide for patients with previously untreated extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC). The approval was based on CASPIAN (NCT03043872), a phase 3 trial that enrolled 537 patients with untreated ES-SCLC. Patients were randomized in a 1:1:1 ratio to receive durvalumab/platinum/etoposide, durvalumab/tremelimumab/platinum/etoposide, or platinum/etoposide alone. Platinum-b...
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Durvalumab Plus Platinum/Etoposide for Extensive-Stage SCLC: Luis Paz-Ares, MD

Because most patients with small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) present with extensive-stage disease—in which the cancer has spread to both lungs or throughout the body—survival rates are poor, and there is a need to develop alternative treatments to improve outcomes. In their study now published in The Lancet, Luis Paz-Ares, MD, and colleagues found that in patients with extensive-stage SCLC (ES-SCLC), the addition of the immunotherapy drug durvalumab to a chemotherapy regimen of platinum/etoposide si...
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