Clinical outcomes of chemotherapeutic molecules as single and multiple agents in advanced non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) patients

Ting Yoon Kwan, Ezharul Hoque Chowdhury

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Background and Objectives: Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the world. Non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) makes up 85% of all lung cancer cases and the majority of patients are diagnosed when the cancer is advanced. Over the years, many anticancer drugs have been designed and introduced into the market to treat patients with advanced NSCLC. This review aims to discuss the comparative therapeutic benefits of conventional chemotherapeutics and other drugs available for treating advanced NSCLC. Materials and Methods: A literature search for first-line treatment of advanced NSCLC was carried out on PubMed and Google Scholar. Objective response rate (ORR) and overall survival were chosen as target endpoints. Results: Monotherapy showed lower treatment endpoints compared to combination therapy. Different combinations of platinum-based doublets demonstrated similar efficacies in treating NSCLC. However, pemetrexed– platinum doublets showed significantly better treatment endpoint in patients with non-squamous NSCLC. Most studies showing the best complete response rate (CRR) utilized epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI), while most studies producing the best overall survival included programmed death-1/programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-1/PD-L1) inhibitors in their treatment regimens. Conclusions: The findings of this review indicate that targeted therapy using specific inhibitors is now the most promising first-line anticancer treatment available in the market. However, chemotherapy is still effective in treating advanced NSCLC and is viable as a first-line treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1252
Number of pages25
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


  • Advanced non-small-cell lung carcinoma
  • Chemotherapy
  • Clinical out-comes
  • Immunotherapy
  • Objective response rate
  • Overall survival

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