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PMID (34568053)
Authors Ou K, Liu X, Li W, Yang Y, Ying J, Yang L
Title ALK Rearrangement-Positive Pancreatic Cancer with Brain Metastasis Has Remarkable Response to ALK Inhibitors: A Case Report.
Abstract Text Patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer typically have poor prognosis due to the limited effectiveness of existing treatment options. ALK rearrangement-positive is rare in pancreatic cancer, but may occur in those with KRAS-wild type. We present a 34-year-old young man with ALK rearrangement-positive and KRAS-wild pancreatic cancer who had a remarkable response to crizotinib after resistance to prior chemotherapy and re-response to alectinib after brain metastases developed. This clinical observation suggests that comprehensive molecular profiling to guide targeted therapies is not only feasible, but also significantly improves survival outcomes for a subgroup of patients with pancreatic cancer.


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Molecular Profile Treatment Approach
Gene Name Source Synonyms Protein Domains Gene Description Gene Role
Therapy Name Drugs Efficacy Evidence Clinical Trials
Drug Name Trade Name Synonyms Drug Classes Drug Description
Gene Variant Impact Protein Effect Variant Description Associated with drug Resistance
ATR E2626* nonsense unknown ATR E2626* results in a premature truncation of the Atr protein at amino acid 2626 of 2644 ( E2626* has been identified in sequencing studies (PMID: 34568053), but has not been biochemically characterized and therefore, its effect on Atr protein function is unknown (PubMed, Mar 2024).
Molecular Profile Indication/Tumor Type Response Type Therapy Name Approval Status Evidence Type Efficacy Evidence References
EML4 - ALK pancreatic cancer predicted - sensitive Alectinib Case Reports/Case Series Actionable In a clinical case study, Alecensa (alectinib) treatment resulted in stable primary disease and decrease in brain lesions with treatment lasting nearly 10 months before progression of the brain metastases in a patient with pancreatic cancer harboring EML4-ALK (PMID: 34568053). 34568053
EML4 - ALK pancreatic cancer predicted - sensitive Crizotinib Case Reports/Case Series Actionable In a clinical case study, Xalkori (crizotinib) treatment resulted in tumor shrinkage with treatment lasting eight months in a patient with pancreatic cancer harboring EML4-ALK (PMID: 34568053). 34568053