alexa Squamous-cell carcinomas of the lung: emerging biology, controversies, and the promise of targeted therapy.
Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences

Biology and Medicine

Author(s): Drilon A, Rekhtman N, Ladanyi M, Paik P

Abstract Share this page

Abstract Squamous-cell carcinomas of the lung (SQCLCs) are defined by unique clinicopathological and molecular characteristics that have evolved substantially over time. Historically, these neoplasms were the most common subtype of non-small-cell lung cancers and were regarded as central tumours with high molecular complexity without targetable genetic abnormalities. Today, the incidence of SQCLCs is surpassed by adenocarcinomas of the lung with a shift towards peripheral squamous tumours. Differential responses to cytotoxic and biological treatments have reshaped our approach to standard therapies. Additionally, evidence of unique biology has emerged with the discovery of SOX2 amplification, NFE2L2 and KEAP1 mutations, PI3K pathway changes, FGFR1 amplification, and DDR2 mutations. These discoveries have ushered in a new era of targeted therapeutic agents for patients with this disease. This Review draws attention to the distinct clinical and pathological characteristics of SQCLCs, summarises present experience with existing cytotoxic and targeted therapies, and discusses emerging treatments based on new insights into the biology of this disease. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This article was published in Lancet Oncol and referenced in Biology and Medicine

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version