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What are some Genetic Changes that increase the risk of lung cancer?

Mutation tumor suppressor (p53). BCL-2, EGFR overexpression. K-RAS gene mutation. ALK (anaplastic lymphoma kinase) mutation

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What is prevention and early detection like for lung cancer?

Low-dose CT scan-based screening (detected LC at earlier stages, recommended in high-risk (age > 55, former smokers). No established chemoprevention agents yet. NO tumor marker to detect lung CA at early stages

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What is Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC)?

Oat cell, strongly linking to SMOKING. Most aggressive natural course. Only 14% of lung cancers

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What is Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)?

Adenocarcinoma (incidence rising, most common in non-smokers). Squamous cell (clearly related to smoking). Large cell

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What are the characteristics of SCLC?

Rapid doubling time. High rate of metastases. Treatment: highly sensitive to radiation and chemotherapy. High rate of paraneoplastic syndrome (PNS)

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What are the characteristics of NSCLC?

Relatively slow growing. Low rate of metastases. Treatment: surgery in Stage I and II; less sensitive to chemotherapy than SCLC. Low rate of PNS

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What is Paraneoplastic Syndrome?

Due to tumor secretion of hormone like substances): Weight loss, Cushing's syndrome (ACTH), Anemia, Hyponatremia (SIADH), Hypercalcemia (PTH), Clubbing

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What are the SCLC stages?

Limited disease. Extensive disease

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What is Limited disease SCLC?

Tumor confined to hemithorax of origin and/or the mediastinum and supraclavicular nodes. Fits in a radiation field

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What is Extensive disease SCLC?

Tumor not confined to hemithorax of origin. Distant metastasis

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What are the treatment options for SCLC?

Single or combo modality. Surgery rarely, only in very early stage (if confined to chest w/o nodal invasion). Radiation: very radiosensitive

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What is radiation therapy like in SCLC?

Goal = cure in limited disease (concurrent chemotx + radiation). Palliative role in extensive disease (bone pain, symptomatic brain mets, SVC syndrome). PCI (prophylactic cranial irradiation): Eradication of occult, microscopic brain metastasis

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What are the combination chemotx choices for SCLC (all stages)?

EP (Etoposide, Cisplatin). EP + Radiation in limited disease. EC (Etoposide + Carboplatin). Cisplatin + Irinotecan

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What are the complications of treatment with RT + CT (Etoposide/Cisplatin)?

Mucositis, Esophagitis, Esophageal stricture. Myelosuppression. Skin reactions. N/V, wight loss. Renal dysfunction

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What is second line or salvage therapy for SCLC?

Most SCLC will relapse: median survival = only 4-5 months when treated w/ further chemotherapy. Second line chemotx provides palliation

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What are the agents used in second line or salvage therapy for SCLC?

Docetaxel. Gemcitabine. Ifosfamide. Irinotecan. Paclitaxel. Topotecan. Temozolamide (if w/ brain mets). Vinorelbine

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What is the prognosis and treatment tightly linked to for NSCLC?

Stage and well as patient factors (PS, histology, biomarker, gender, weight loss)

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What is Stage I NSCLC?

Tumor of any size, located to lung, no lymph nodes

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What is Stage II NSCLC?

Same as stage I, but WITH lymph node involvement

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What is Stage IIIa NSCLC?

Tumor in chest wall, main bronchus or mediastinum

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What is Stage IIIb NSCLC?

Tumor extending into mediastinal structure

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Which stages of NSCLC are unresectable and have the lowest survival?

Stage IIIb, Stage IV

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What are the treatment options for Resectable Stages of NSCLC (I, II, IIIa)?

Surgery is tx of choice w/ curative intent. Radiation (Stage I and II): treatment for medically inoperable, positive margins after surgery). Chemotherapy: adjuvant cisplatin-based (II, IIIa)

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What is the treatment option for Stage IIIa (N2) - locally advanced, resectable NSCLC?

Standard: combined modality (3). Surgery --> adjuvant CT +/- RT. OR. Induction chemoradiation --> surgery

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What is the treatment option for UNresectable Stage IIIa/IIIb NSCLC?

Associated w/ high rate of occult metastases; systemic relapse ~70%. Combined chemoradiation - concurrent better than sequential

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What is treatment like for Advanced or Metastatic disease NSCLC?

Systemic chemotx: NSCLC only moderately sensitive. Benefit: good PS (performance status: 0-2), >70% Karnofsky, <10% weight loss. PS 3-4: no benefit from tx. Chemotx alone as palliation for Stage IIIb, IV

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What type of NSCLC requires mutation testing?

Adenocarcinoma or Large cell. Not routinely recommended for Squamous NSCLC

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What treatment options are there for a patient if EGFR or ALK negative?

Chemotherapy

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What treatment options are there for a patient if EGFR positive?

Erlotinib

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What treatment options are there for a patient if ALK positive?

Crizotinib