George Canellos, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston
Gordon McVie, European Institute of Oncology, Milan
Pat Price, Christie Hospital, Manchester
Gianni Bonadonna, Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan
Sarah Maxwell and Peter Goodwin report on evidence that combining monoclonal antibodies with chemotherapy can extend life among patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer. Robert Pirker from the Medical University of Vienna tells Sarah Maxwell about his group’s findings in the FLEX study using the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGF-R) inhibitor cetuximab; Christian Manegold from Heidelberg University, Manheim gives Peter Goodwin data on the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF-R) bevacizumab; while Giorgio Scagliotti from Torino University, Nick Thatcher from the Christie Hospital, Manchester and Howard Sandler from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor discuss the clinical implications of these approaches to using molecular targeting to improve outcomes in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer. Michel Coleman from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine tells Peter Goodwin about the findings of the CONCORD study looking at international differences between survival rates for breast, prostate and colorectal cancers.