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ALK Positive Lung Cancer

Testing and Treating ALK+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer


Over the last decade, advances in diagnostics and treatments for lung cancer have led to the development of targeted therapies for some lung cancer subtypes. Patients with ALK+ non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are appropriate candidates for such targeted therapy. This lung cancer subtype is rare (40% of NSCLCs are adenocarcinomas and only 5% of these cancers are ALK+). Biomarker testing is needed to identify patients with this subtype and to determine the most appropriate plan of care. However, this can present unique challenges for community-based providers who may only see a few ALK+ NSCLC patients each year.

About this Project

ACCC launched this project to support community-based practices and programs in the use of precision medicine and molecular testing in caring for patients with ALK+ NSCLC. The primary goal of this initiative is to provide examples of effective practices for utilizing appropriate molecular testing when treating patients with ALK+ NSCLC.

This project explored current barriers and issues related to testing and treating patients with ALK+ NSCLC through an environmental scan, which was also informed by the insights of the project’s expert Advisory Committee.


Advisory Committee

ACCC thanks the following individuals for providing their expertise and insight to the Testing and Treating ALK+ NSCLC project:

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