Alectinib following brigatinib: an efficient sequence for the treatment of advanced anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive lung cancer patients

Lung Cancer

Anticancer Drugs. 2020 Aug 27. doi: 10.1097/CAD.0000000000000989. Online ahead of print.


Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-translocations are present in up to 5% of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), most of them being adenocarcinomas. Even though the availability of five potent ALK-inhibitors for the treatment of ALK-positive NSCLC patients, there is no consensus about the ideal therapy sequence. Alectinib has been so far successfully and routinely used as first-line therapy, especially in patients presenting central nervous system lesions; however, with the very recent European

approval of brigatinib in the first line, a new treatment option is now available for ALK+ patient collective. In this case series, efficient systemic and intracranial responses to alectinib late-line treatment following brigatinib therapy are reported. This therapeutic sequence is going to gain therefore more importance in a near future.