Shirish Gadgeel, MD
The approval was based on results from the phase III LUX-Lung 8 study, which compared second-line afatinib with erlotinib (Tarceva) in patients with advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the lung. In the study, afatinib reduced the risk of both disease progression and death by 19% compared with erlotinib.
"The overall survival data and significant delay in lung cancer progression seen in the global head-to-head phase III trial demonstrated that Gilotrif is an effective new treatment option in this patient population," LUX-Lung 8 clinical trial investigator Shirish Gadgeel, MD, leader of the Thoracic Oncology Multidisciplinary Team at the Karmanos Cancer Center, said in a statement. Click here to read the full article at OncLive.com