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New & Emerging Drugs for Squamous Cell Lung Cancer

Janaki Sharma*, Haiying Cheng

Montefiore Medical Center, United States

*Corresponding Author:
Janaki Sharma
Montefiore Medical Center, United States
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Received Date: September 09, 2015 Accepted Date: December 22, 2015 Published Date: December 29, 2015

Citation: Sharma and Cheng (2015) New & Emerging Drugs for Squamous Cell Lung Cancer. Chemo Open Access 5:178. doi: 10.4172/2167-7700.1000178

Copyright: © 2015 Sharma, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Squamous cell lung cancer (SQCLC) is the second most common histology (20-30% of cases) among non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC), yet the treatment options remain limited [1]. The current standard for first line treatment of advanced or metastatic SQCLC consists of mainly platinum based chemotherapy. Recently, necitumumab in combination with platinum based doublet therapy was approved as front-line therapy. Second line options until recently included docetaxel, gemcitabine, nab-paclitaxel and erlotinib. Now newer agents including afatinib, ramucirumab/docetaxel, nivolumab and pembrolizumab are also available with superior clinical benefits

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