Lurbinectedin for Small-Cell Lung Cancer: Luis Paz-Ares, MD

Last month, the FDA granted accelerated approval to lurbinectedin (ZepzelcaTM, Pharma Mar, S.A.) for adults with metastatic small-cell lung cancer experiencing disease progression on or after platinum-based chemotherapy. In this interview, Luis Paz-Ares, MD, principal investigator of the phase 2 basket trial PM1183-B-005-14 (Study B-005; NCT02454972), on which the approval was based, spoke with i3 Health about the approval's significance, notable adverse events with lurbinectedin, and the wealth...

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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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