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Expand Collapse Lung Cancer  - General Description This year about 226,000 people in the U.S. will be told by a doctor that they have lung cancer. However, about 390,000 Americans remain alive today after having been diagnosed with this malignancy. Lung cancer includes tumors that begin in tissues lining air passages inside the lungs and bronchi. The bronchi are the 2 branches of the windpipe (trachea) that lead to the lungs. Based on how the cells look under a microscope, lung cancers are divided into 2 main types: small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). NSCLC accounts for 85% of these cases.

The main subtypes of NSCLC are squamous cell carcinoma (cancer beginning in thin, flat scaly-looking cells), adenocarcinoma (cancer beginning in cells that make mucus and other substances) and large cell carcinoma (cancer beginning in several types of large cells). The 2 main types of SCLC are small cell carcinoma (oat cell cancer) and combined small cell carcinoma.

Lung cancer (and other tumors) can spread (metastasize) from the place where it started (the primary tumor) in 3 ways. First, it can invade the normal tissue surrounding it. Second, cancer cells can enter the lymph system and travel through lymph vessels to distant parts of the body. Third, the cancer cells can get into the bloodstream and go to other places in the body. In these distant places, the cancer cells cause secondary tumors to grow. The main sites to which lung cancer spreads are the adrenal gland, liver and lungs.

To find out whether the cancer has entered the lymph system, a surgeon removes all or part of a node near the primary tumor and a pathologist looks at it through a microscope to see if cancer cells are present. Several kinds of imaging also can be performed to determine if the cancer has spread. These include MRI, bone scans and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).

The FDA has approved several targeted therapies to treat patients with NSCLC. These include bevacizumab (Avastin), cetuximab (Erbitux), erlotinib (Tarceva), gefitnib (Iressa) and crizotinib (Xalkori). So far there are no FDA-approved targeted therapies for SCLC.

Despite significant improvements in the treatment of lung cancers, novel therapies and treatment strategies are needed.

Source: National Cancer Institute, 2012
Estimated new cases and deaths from lung cancer (non-small cell and small cell combined) in the United States in 2012:

New cases: 226,160
Deaths: 160,340

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in the United States. The 5-year relative survival rate from 1995 to 2001 for patients with lung cancer was 15.7%. The 5-year relative survival rate varies markedly depending on the stage at diagnosis, from 49% to 16% to 2% for patients with local, regional and distant stage disease, respectively.

NSCLC arises from the epithelial cells of the lung, from the central bronchi to the terminal alveoli. The histological type of NSCLC correlates with the site of origin, reflecting the variation in respiratory tract epithelium from the bronchi to the alveoli. Squamous cell carcinoma usually starts near a central bronchus while adenocarcinoma usually originates in peripheral lung tissue.

Tobacco smoking is the strongest risk factor for developing lung cancer, though it should be noted that the majority of patients diagnosed with lung cancer quit smoking years prior to diagnosis or were never-smokers (up to 15% of cases).

The identification of driver oncogene mutations in lung cancer has led to the development of targeted therapy that has vastly broadened treatment options and improved outcomes for subsets of patients with metastatic disease. It is now common practice to determine the genotype of a NSCLC patient early in the course of their diagnosis, to ensure that all possible treatment options are considered.

Source: National Cancer Institute, 2012
This year about 226,000 people in the U.S. will be told by a doctor that they have lung cancer. However, about 390,000 Americans remain alive today after having been diagnosed with this malignancy. Lung cancer includes tumors that begin in tissues lining air passages inside the lungs and bronchi. The bronchi are the 2 branches of the windpipe (trachea) that lead to the lungs. Based on how the cells look under a microscope, lung cancers are divided into 2 main types: small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). NSCLC accounts for 85% of these cases.

The main subtypes of NSCLC are squamous cell carcinoma (cancer beginning in thin, flat scaly-looking cells), adenocarcinoma (cancer beginning in cells that make mucus and other substances) and large cell carcinoma (cancer beginning in several types of large cells). The 2 main types of SCLC are small cell carcinoma (oat cell cancer) and combined small cell carcinoma.

Lung cancer (and other tumors) can spread (metastasize) from the place where it started (the primary tumor) in 3 ways. First, it can invade the normal tissue surrounding it. Second, cancer cells can enter the lymph system and travel through lymph vessels to distant parts of the body. Third, the cancer cells can get into the bloodstream and go to other places in the body. In these distant places, the cancer cells cause secondary tumors to grow. The main sites to which lung cancer spreads are the adrenal gland, liver and lungs.

To find out whether the cancer has entered the lymph system, a surgeon removes all or part of a node near the primary tumor and a pathologist looks at it through a microscope to see if cancer cells are present. Several kinds of imaging also can be performed to determine if the cancer has spread. These include MRI, bone scans and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).

The FDA has approved several targeted therapies to treat patients with NSCLC. These include bevacizumab (Avastin), cetuximab (Erbitux), erlotinib (Tarceva), gefitnib (Iressa) and crizotinib (Xalkori). So far there are no FDA-approved targeted therapies for SCLC.

Despite significant improvements in the treatment of lung cancers, novel therapies and treatment strategies are needed.

Source: National Cancer Institute, 2012
Estimated new cases and deaths from lung cancer (non-small cell and small cell combined) in the United States in 2012:

New cases: 226,160
Deaths: 160,340

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in the United States. The 5-year relative survival rate from 1995 to 2001 for patients with lung cancer was 15.7%. The 5-year relative survival rate varies markedly depending on the stage at diagnosis, from 49% to 16% to 2% for patients with local, regional and distant stage disease, respectively.

NSCLC arises from the epithelial cells of the lung, from the central bronchi to the terminal alveoli. The histological type of NSCLC correlates with the site of origin, reflecting the variation in respiratory tract epithelium from the bronchi to the alveoli. Squamous cell carcinoma usually starts near a central bronchus while adenocarcinoma usually originates in peripheral lung tissue.

Tobacco smoking is the strongest risk factor for developing lung cancer, though it should be noted that the majority of patients diagnosed with lung cancer quit smoking years prior to diagnosis or were never-smokers (up to 15% of cases).

The identification of driver oncogene mutations in lung cancer has led to the development of targeted therapy that has vastly broadened treatment options and improved outcomes for subsets of patients with metastatic disease. It is now common practice to determine the genotype of a NSCLC patient early in the course of their diagnosis, to ensure that all possible treatment options are considered.

Source: National Cancer Institute, 2012
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KRAS is a gene that provides the code for making a protein, KRAS, which is involved primarily in controlling cell division. This protein is part of the MAP kinase signaling cascade (RAS/RAF/MEK/ERK) that relays chemical signals from outside the cell to the cell's nucleus and is primarily involved in controlling cell division. KRAS is an enzyme (a GTPase) that converts a molecule called GTP into GDP. When KRAS is attached (bound) to GDP, it's in its "off" position and can't send signals to the nucleus. But when a GTP molecule arrives and binds to KRAS, KRAS is activated and sends its signal, and then it converts the GTP into GDP and returns to the "off" position.

When mutated, KRAS can act as an oncogene, causing normal cells to become cancerous. The mutations can shift the KRAS protein into the "on" position all the time. KRAS mutations are common in pancreatic, lung and colorectal cancers. These KRAS mutations are said to be somatic, because instead of coming from a parent and being present in every cell (hereditary), they are acquired during the course of a person's life and are found only in cells that become cancerous.

Tumor mutation profiling performed clinically at the MGH Cancer Center has identified KRAS mutations across a broad-spectrum of cancer types. The highest incidence of KRAS mutations have been found in pancreatic cancer (70%), colon cancer (30%), lung cancer (25%), cholangiocarcinoma (15-20%), acute myeloid leukemia (15-20%) and endometrial cancer (15-20%). Across the other major tumor types, KRAS mutations have been found in less than 10% of cases that have been tested.

Source: Genetics Home Reference
KRAS (v-Ki-ras2 Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog) is a member of the closely related RAS gene family that includes NRAS and HRAS. These RAS members are small GTPases that transduce extracellular signals to the downstream effectors RAF, PI3K and RALGDS. Ras members are involved in regulating diverse cellular processes including survival, proliferation and differentiation. While activating mutations in the RAS genes lead to sustained GTPase activation and are tumorigenic, each oncogene exerts clear phenotypic differences. KRAS is the most frequently mutated gene from the RAS family, occurring in approximately 20% of all human cancers. Mutational hotspots in KRAS reside primarily in amino acid residues 12, 13 or 61 and function to promote hyperproliferation and suppress differentiation.

Tumor mutation profiling performed clinically at the MGH Cancer Center has identified KRAS mutations across a broad-spectrum of cancer types. The highest incidence of KRAS mutations have been found in pancreatic cancer (70%), colon cancer (30%), lung cancer (25%), cholangiocarcinoma (15-20%), acute myeloid leukemia (15-20%) and endometrial cancer (15-20%). Across the other major tumor types, KRAS mutations have been found in less than 10% of cases that have been tested.

Source: Genetics Home Reference
Expand Collapse G12C (c.34G>T)  in KRAS
The KRAS G12C mutation arises from a single nucleotide change (c.34G>T) and results in an amino acid substitution of the glycine (G) at position 12 by a cysteine (C).
The KRAS G12C mutation arises from a single nucleotide change (c.34G>T) and results in an amino acid substitution of the glycine (G) at position 12 by a cysteine (C).

KRAS mutations occur in 25-30% of lung adenocarcinoma cases, particularly in those tumors that produce mucin (the mucinous adenocarcinoma subtype), but are rare in pure squamous cell carcinomas. KRAS mutations are also associated with distinct biological and clinical features, such as patients that are Caucasians and smokers and tumors that lack mutations in EGFR and ALK.

Patients with lung cancer and KRAS mutations do not generally benefit from anti-EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Although KRAS mutations are one of the most common genetic abnormalities that have been identified in lung cancer, there has been relatively little progress toward effective therapeutic targeting of this cancer driver. However, a recent clinical study suggests that MEK inhibition combined with standard chemotherapy (selumetinib plus docetaxel) may be a promising therapeutic strategy in KRAS-mutated lung cancer. This therapeutic strategy has resulted in an increased response rate and progression-free survival rate, but no improvement in overall survival. One larger clinical trial to confirm these results is currently recruiting patients. In addition, recent preclinical laboratory studies suggest that CDK4 inhibitors, as well as a combination of MEK inhibitors plus PI3K pathway inhibitors, may be an effective treatment strategy for patients with lung cancer that carry a KRAS mutation. There are many clinical trials combining MEK inhibitors and PI3K pathway inhibitors actively recruiting lung cancer patients with KRAS mutations.

KRAS mutations occur in 25-30% of lung adenocarcinoma cases, particularly in those tumors that produce mucin (the mucinous adenocarcinoma subtype), but are rare in pure squamous cell carcinomas. KRAS mutations are also associated with distinct biological and clinical features, such as patients that are Caucasians and smokers and tumors that lack mutations in EGFR and ALK.

Patients with lung cancer and KRAS mutations do not generally benefit from anti-EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Although KRAS mutations are one of the most common genetic abnormalities that have been identified in lung cancer, there has been relatively little progress toward effective therapeutic targeting of this cancer driver. However, a recent clinical study suggests that MEK inhibition combined with standard chemotherapy (selumetinib plus docetaxel) may be a promising therapeutic strategy in KRAS-mutated lung cancer. This therapeutic strategy has resulted in an increased response rate and progression-free survival rate, but no improvement in overall survival. One larger clinical trial to confirm these results is currently recruiting patients. In addition, recent preclinical laboratory studies suggest that CDK4 inhibitors, as well as a combination of MEK inhibitors plus PI3K pathway inhibitors, may be an effective treatment strategy for patients with lung cancer that carry a KRAS mutation. There are many clinical trials combining MEK inhibitors and PI3K pathway inhibitors actively recruiting lung cancer patients with KRAS mutations.

PubMed ID's
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NCT02327169 A Phase 1B Study of MLN2480 in Combination With MLN0128 or Alisertib, or Paclitaxel, or Cetuximab, or Irinotecan in Adult Patients With Advanced Nonhematologic Malignancies A Phase 1B Study of MLN2480 in Combination With MLN0128 or Alisertib, or Paclitaxel, or Cetuximab, or Irinotecan in Adult Patients With Advanced Nonhematologic Malignancies MGH Open DGM
NCT02079740 Trametinib and Navitoclax in Treating Patients With Advanced or Metastatic Solid Tumors Trametinib and Navitoclax in Treating Patients With Advanced or Metastatic Solid Tumors MGH Open DGM
NCT02052778 A Dose Finding Study Followed by a Safety and Efficacy Study in Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors or Multiple Myeloma With FGF/FGFR-Related Abnormalities A Dose Finding Study Followed by a Safety and Efficacy Study in Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors or Multiple Myeloma With FGF/FGFR-Related Abnormalities MGH Open D
NCT02637531 A Dose-Escalation Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacodynamics of IPI-549 A Dose-Escalation Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacodynamics of IPI-549 MGH Open D
NCT02279433 A First-in-human Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability and Pharmacokinetics of DS-6051b A First-in-human Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability and Pharmacokinetics of DS-6051b MGH Open D
NCT02099058 A Phase 1/1b Study With ABBV-399, an Antibody Drug Conjugate, in Subjects With Advanced Solid Cancer Tumors A Phase 1/1b Study With ABBV-399, an Antibody Drug Conjugate, in Subjects With Advanced Solid Cancer Tumors MGH Open D
NCT02219724 A Phase I, Open-Label Study of MOXR0916 in Patients With Locally Advanced or Metastatic Solid Tumors A Phase I, Open-Label Study of MOXR0916 in Patients With Locally Advanced or Metastatic Solid Tumors MGH Open D
NCT02108964 A Phase I/II, Multicenter, Open-label Study of EGFRmut-TKI EGF816, Administered Orally in Adult Patients With EGFRmut Solid Malignancies A Phase I/II, Multicenter, Open-label Study of EGFRmut-TKI EGF816, Administered Orally in Adult Patients With EGFRmut Solid Malignancies MGH Open D
NCT02365662 A Study Evaluating Safety and Pharmacokinetics of ABBV-221 in Subjects With Advanced Solid Tumor Types Likely to Exhibit Elevated Levels of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor A Study Evaluating Safety and Pharmacokinetics of ABBV-221 in Subjects With Advanced Solid Tumor Types Likely to Exhibit Elevated Levels of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor MGH Open D
NCT01714739 A Study of an Anti-KIR Antibody in Combination With an Anti-PD1 Antibody in Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors A Study of an Anti-KIR Antibody in Combination With an Anti-PD1 Antibody in Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors MGH Open D
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