Afatinib Therapy: Practical Management of Adverse Events With an Oral Agent for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment.

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  • BACKGROUND: Afatinib is an oral, irreversible ErbB family blocker indicated for first-line treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in patients with non-resistant epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations. Afatinib is also approved for the treatment of metastatic squamous NSCLC following progression on platinum-based chemotherapy. Common afatinib-associated toxicities include gastrointestinal and dermatologic events, which can be dose limiting. OBJECTIVES: In this review, the authors describe clinical trial experiences with afatinib, as well as best practices and practical approaches to the management of afatinib-associated adverse events in EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC. METHODS: Safety and tolerability data from phase 3 trials of afatinib were reviewed, together with real-life experiences from the authors' clinical practices. FINDINGS: Patient education, combined with early assessment and effective management of afatinib-related adverse events as well as dose- reduction strategies, allows patients to continue treatment and maximize the clinical benefits of afatinib.
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  • adverse events, afatinib, dose reduction, non-small cell lung cancer, Adult, Afatinib, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols, Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung, Dose-Response Relationship, Drug, Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions, Education, Nursing, Continuing, ErbB Receptors, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Mutation, Protein Kinase Inhibitors
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    Author List

  • Edwards RL; Andan C; Lalla RV; Lacouture ME; O'Brien D; Sequist LV
  • Start Page

  • 542
  • End Page

  • 548
  • Volume

  • 22
  • Issue

  • 5