Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma
|1||Somatic mutations in the tyrosine kinase domain of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene are present in approximately 80% of the lung adenocarcinomas that respond to first and second generation EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (eg, gefitinib, erlotinib and afatinib). Two types of mutations account for approximately 80-90% of all EGFR mutations: short in-frame deletions in Exon 19 and a point mutation in exon 21 at codon 858 (L858R). Other less common mutations in exons 18, 20, and 21 are found in 10-20% of EGFR-mutated cases. EGFR Exon 19 deletions, EGFR Exon 21 L858R and EGFR Exon 18 G719 mutations correlate strongly with sensitivity to specific EGFR inhibitors and the response rate to therapy with TKIs has been reported to be up to 80% in such cases. EGFR S768I (exon 20) occurs in 1–2% of EGFR mutant lung cancers and is often coincident with other EGFR mutations. S768I and V769L have previously been identified in the same NSCLC tumors. There are conflicting data regarding the sensitivity to EGFR-TKIs of tumors harboring S768I and V769L mutations. Correlation with other clinical and laboratory findings is necessary.|
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