Original Publication Date: 1 February, 2015
Publication / Source: Lung Cancer Management
Authors: Masato Shingyoji & Toshihiko Iuchi
Approximately 20–30% of patients with NSCLC are present with brain metastases. The standard management for brain metastases is radiotherapy. Despite the administration of radiation therapy for brain metastases, the prognosis is still poor. The poor prognosis is related to the progression of extracranial lesions. Therefore, systemic therapy is important to improve survival of patients with brain metastases. EGF receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR–TKI) is a standard treatment for advanced NSCLC patients with sensitive EGFR mutations and is also effective in controlling brain metastasis in such patients.