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Activating mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) are detected in approximately 10% of Caucasian and up to 50% of Asian patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).1 EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) constitute the preferred first-line treatment for these patients. Unfortunately, all patients eventually develop resistance to EGFR-TKI after a median of 13 months.2 Several different resistance mechanisms have been demonstrated in biopsies of recurrent tumours after EGFR-TKI treatment. Among these are the T790M secondary resistance mutation on EGFR exon 20 and amplification of alternative pathways such as hepatocyte growth factor receptor (MET) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), but also morphological changes with epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and transformation to a small cell lung cancer (SCLC) phenotype.2
Here we report a case with transformation to a squamous cell carcinoma (SqCC) phenotype. To the best of our knowledge, …
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