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Different Efficacies of Erlotinib and Gefitinib in Taiwanese Patients with Advanced Non-small Cell Lung Cancer: A Retrospective Multicenter Study

By Wen-Chien Fan, Chong-Jen Yu, Chun-Ming Tsai, Ming-Shyan Huang, Chun-Liang Lai, Te-Chun Hsia, Yin-Jing Tien, Shiang-Fen Huang, Chieh-Hung Wu, Kun-Ta Chou, Yu-Chin Lee, Reury-Perng Perng and Yuh-Min Chen


Introduction:Epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors are used as effective first-line and salvage therapy in the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients in East Asia. The objective of this study was to compare the efficacy of gefitinib and erlotinib in Taiwanese patients with advanced NSCLC.Methods:Clinical data of NSCLC patients treated with gefitinib or erlotinib from January 2004 to December 2008 were collected retrospectively. Five tertiary referral centers in Taiwan participated in the study.Results:Of the 1122 patients enrolled, 506 (45%) were female, 594 (53%) were never smokers or former light smokers, and 867 (77%) were diagnosed with adenocarcinoma. Epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors were prescribed as first-line treatment in 465 (41%) patients and as second-line or salvage therapy in 657 patients (59%). The objective response rate was similar between the gefitinib and erlotinib treatment groups, while disease control rate was 58.9 and 65.8% (p = 0.025), respectively. Median progression-free survival of gefitinib and erlotinib groups was 3.6 and 4.6 months, respectively (p = 0.027). Median overall survival of gefitinib and erlotinib groups was 9.6 and 10.7 months, respectively (p = 0.013).Conclusion:Taiwanese patients with advanced NSCLC treated with erlotinib reported higher disease control rate, longer progression-free survival, and overall survival compared with patients treated with gefitinib

Publisher: International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1097/JTO.0b013e3181f77b27
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