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      Spotlight on afatinib and its potential in the treatment of squamous cell lung cancer: the evidence so far

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          Compared to adenocarcinoma, fewer effective treatment options are available for advanced or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the lung. Afatinib is an orally administered, irreversible EGFR antagonist. As a second-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor, it has been applied in the treatment of patients with EGFR-mutant non-small-cell lung cancer. Recently, several clinical trials have shown that afatinib leads to a significant improvement in progression-free survival and overall survival of patients with SCC. Moving forward, afatinib should be one of the options among tyrosine kinase inhibitors, monoclonal antibodies, and cytotoxicity chemotherapy drugs for SCC.

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                Journal
                Ther Clin Risk Manag
                Ther Clin Risk Manag
                Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
                Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
                Dove Medical Press
                1176-6336
                1178-203X
                2016
                24 May 2016
                : 12
                : 807-816
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Thoracic Oncology Program, Department of Surgery, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
                [2 ]Tianjin Chest Hospital, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Biao He, Thoracic Oncology Program, Department of Surgery, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California San Francisco, 2340 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA, Tel +1 415 476 6907, Email biao.he@ 123456ucsfmedctr.org
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                tcrm-12-807
                10.2147/TCRM.S92996
                4888861
                27307741
                © 2016 Xu et al. This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited

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