Approximately a third of the patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) present with locally advanced disease not amenable to curative resection. Concurrent chemoradiation is currently the treatment of choice for these patients. Outcomes in patients with locally advanced NSCLC treated with concurrent chemoradiation are modest at best. No significant progress has been made over the past decade in this subset of patients with NSCLC. Several trials have examined the role of molecular targeted therapies in this setting. We review the results of these trials and present the outline of a proposed prospective clinical trial to evaluate targeted drugs in molecularly selected group of patients with locally advanced NSCLC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-472
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Lung Cancer
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2013


  • Concurrent chemoradiation
  • Locally advanced NSCLC
  • Targeted therapy


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