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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (37041305)
Authors Adashek JJ, Sapkota S, de Castro Luna R, Seiwert TY
Title Complete response to alectinib in ALK-fusion metastatic salivary ductal carcinoma.
Abstract Text The advent of next-generation sequencing (NGS) has allowed for the identification of novel therapeutic targets for patients with uncommon cancers. It is well known that fusion translocations are potent driver of cancer pathogenesis and can render tumors exquisitely sensitive to matching targeted therapies. Here we describe a patient with ALK-fusion positive widely metastatic salivary ductal carcinoma, who achieved a durable complete response from alectinib, a potent and specific ALK tyrosine kinase inhibitor. This case serves as another reminder that ALK-fusions can be targeted regardless of histology and can afford patients dramatic and durable benefit. It also emphasizes the need for insurance coverage for such beneficial therapies. While ALK fusions are exceedingly rare in salivary ductal carcinoma, the presence of multiple other targetable aberrations supports the recommendation for universal NGS testing for such tumors.


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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 salivary gland cancer predicted - sensitive Alectinib Case Reports/Case Series Actionable In a clinical case study, Alecensa (alectinib) treatment resulted in an ongoing complete response after 8 months of treatment, with complete resolution of metastatic liver lesions, in a patient with metastatic salivary ductal carcinoma harboring EML4-ALK (PMID: 37041305). 37041305