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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (27388325)
Authors Casadei Gardini A, Chiadini E, Faloppi L, Marisi G, Delmonte A, Scartozzi M, Loretelli C, Lucchesi A, Oboldi D, Dubini A, Frassineti GL, Ulivi P
Title Efficacy of sorafenib in BRAF-mutated non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and no response in synchronous BRAF wild type-hepatocellular carcinoma: a case report.
Journal BMC cancer
Vol 16
Issue
Date 2016 Jul 07
URL
Abstract Text Sorafenib is a multi-targeted kinase inhibitor with a demonstrated activity in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and it is currently used for the treatment of these pathologies. Ongoing clinical trials are studying its activity in other malignancies, such as non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, no biological marker is known to define either the sensitivity or resistance to the drug.Here we report a case of a patient with two synchronous tumors, HCC and NSCLC, with metastases in the contralateral lung and bone. The patient was treated with gemcitabine as first line, with a resulting progressive disease after two months, and then with sorafenib at standard dosage in the second line setting. After 6 months of treatment CT scan showed a partial response in the primary lesion of the lung, complete response of the metastasis in the contralateral lung, and stability of HCC. The patient had progression in the lung, liver and bone after 13 months of therapy. A molecular characterization of NSCLC and HCC lesions was performed, revealing a BRAF exon 11 mutation (G469V) only in NSCLC. We hypothesize that the response observed in NSCLC lesions could be due to the presence of BRAF mutation, and that this alteration could be responsible in determining sorafenib sensitivity.Results observed in this case encourage further research on the activity of sorafenib in both HCC and NSCLC, based on the presence of BRAF mutation. This could lead to a selection of HCC patients to be treated with this drug, and could help identify a novel treatment strategy for BRAF-mutated NSCLC patients.

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Molecular Profile Indication/Tumor Type Response Type Therapy Name Approval Status Evidence Type Efficacy Evidence References
BRAF G469V lung non-small cell carcinoma predicted - sensitive Sorafenib Case Reports/Case Series Actionable In a clinical case study, a patient with synchronous BRAF wild-type hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and non-small cell lung cancer harboring BRAF G469V demonstrated a partial response in primary lung lesions, complete response in the lung metastasis, and stability of the HCC following treatment with Nexavar (sorafenib) (PMID: 27388325). 27388325