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PMID (35280726)
Authors Fu Z, Zhu G, Wang L, Hu S, Cheng L, Liu F
Title Case Report: A Pregnant Woman Diagnosed as ALK-Rearrangement Lung Large Cell Neuroendocrine Cancer With Brain Metastasis.
Abstract Text Concomitant malignant tumors and pregnancy present many difficult questions to both clinicians and patients. Due to no specific guidelines, each aspect of clinical management requires special considerations. This current report presents a rare case of a 38-year-old pregnant woman at gestational age 33 weeks with complaints of weakness of her right limbs for 2 weeks. After successive cesarean section and craniotomy, a diagnosis of lung large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC) metastatic to the brain was eventually made. Next generation sequencing (NGS) showed ALK-EML4 gene fusion. Immediately afterwards she was started on the targeted therapy with the ALK inhibitor alectinib. Ten months later, all known lesions exhibited a rapid regression, and no new brain metastases were found. Consequently, the therapeutic effect was considered as a partial response. Then, we review the previous literature using PubMed on maternal malignant brain tumors diagnosed during pregnancy, or lung LCNEC associated with ALK fusion, or ALK inhibitors treatment among the pregnant women, eventually, and discuss the concerns of dealing with these patients.


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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
Molecular Profile Indication/Tumor Type Response Type Therapy Name Approval Status Evidence Type Efficacy Evidence References
EML4 - ALK large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma predicted - sensitive Alectinib Case Reports/Case Series Actionable In a clinical case study, Alecensa (alectinib) treatment resulted in clinical improvement with a partial response including dramatic shrinkage in all of the known lesions in a patient with large cell lung neuroendocrine cancer and brain metastasis harboring EML4-ALK (PMID: 35280726). 35280726