0
Special Feature |

Histologic Considerations for Individualized Systemic Therapy Approaches for the Management of Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

Howard West, MD; David Harpole, MD, FCCP; William Travis, MD, FCCP
Author and Funding Information

Affiliations: From the Thoracic Oncology Program (Dr. West), Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle, WA; Duke University Medical Center (Dr. Harpole), Durham, NC; and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Dr. Travis), New York, NY.

Correspondence to: Howard West, MD, Medical Director, Thoracic Oncology Program, Swedish Cancer Institute, 1221 Madison St, Suite 1020, Seattle, WA 98104; e-mail: howard.west@swedish.org


Funding/Support:This research was sponsored by an educational grant from Eli Lilly and Company.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2009 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2009;136(4):1112-1118. doi:10.1378/chest.08-2484
Text Size: A A A
Published online

Over the past 5 to 10 years, we have reached a treatment plateau using standard platinum-based doublets in an unselected population of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Recent studies have focused on improving patient outcomes with new chemotherapeutic or targeted agents, as well as on individualizing therapy on the basis of patient characteristics such as tumor histology and biomarker analysis. This article summarizes recent data on histologic response determinants to chemotherapy and targeted therapy, with particular attention to the importance of standardized tissue collection, handling, storage, and analysis techniques, in order to best apply the results of tumor analysis to patient-care decisions. Such decisions are related to both improving patient safety and optimizing efficacy with standard chemotherapy as well as newer targeted therapy agents. This entails a change from a generalized approach in treating patients with NSCLC to an individualized strategy based on tumor histology.


Sign In to Access Full Content

MEMBER & INDIVIDUAL SUBSCRIBER

Want Access?

NEW TO CHEST?

Become a CHEST member and receive a FREE subscription as a benefit of membership.

Individuals can purchase this article on ScienceDirect.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal or buy individual articles.

Learn more about membership or Purchase a Full Subscription.

INSTITUTIONAL ACCESS

Institutional access is now available through ScienceDirect and can be purchased at myelsevier.com.

Sign In to Access Full Content

MEMBER & INDIVIDUAL SUBSCRIBER

Want Access?

NEW TO CHEST?

Become a CHEST member and receive a FREE subscription as a benefit of membership.

Individuals can purchase this article on ScienceDirect.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal or buy individual articles.

Learn more about membership or Purchase a Full Subscription.

INSTITUTIONAL ACCESS

Institutional access is now available through ScienceDirect and can be purchased at myelsevier.com.

Figures

Tables

References

NOTE:
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

MEMBER & INDIVIDUAL SUBSCRIBER

Want Access?

NEW TO CHEST?

Become a CHEST member and receive a FREE subscription as a benefit of membership.

Individuals can purchase this article on ScienceDirect.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal.

Individuals can purchase a subscription to the journal or buy individual articles.

Learn more about membership or Purchase a Full Subscription.

INSTITUTIONAL ACCESS

Institutional access is now available through ScienceDirect and can be purchased at myelsevier.com.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

Find Similar Articles
CHEST Journal Articles
PubMed Articles
Guidelines
  • CHEST Journal
    Print ISSN: 0012-3692
    Online ISSN: 1931-3543