What is the optimal systemic therapy and duration to be used for the treatment of limited stage small cell lung cancer?
Meta-analyses have demonstrated that platinum based regimens are associated with greater response rates but differing toxicity profiles relative to non-platinum regimens in patients with limited stage disease.
The latter may represent alternative therapy, however, their role in chemoradiation for limited stage disease has not been assessed. In this regard the platinum-etoposide regimen is considered the standard chemotherapy backbone for patients with limited stage small cell lung cancer.
Evidence summary and recommendations
|Platinum-Etoposide regimens remain the gold standard chemotherapy in patients with limited stage small cell lung cancer, particularly where concurrent radiation therapy is deemed appropriate||I||, |
|Maintenance or consolidation therapy post response to initial beyond four cycles of chemotherapy.||I, II||, , |
|Platinum-etoposide regimens are considered the standard systemic chemotherapy in the treatment of limited stage small cell lung cancer.||B|
|Therapy beyond the standard four cycles of induction chemotherapy cannot be recommended.||A|
It is advisable to use platinum plus etoposide for four cycles in patients with limited stage small cell lung cancer.
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