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Expert Rev Anticancer Ther. 2010 Mar;10(3):305-17. doi: 10.1586/era.10.26.

Sunitinib for the management of advanced renal cell carcinoma.

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Institut Gustave Roussy, 39 Rue Camille Desmoulins, 94805 Villejuif, France.


Targeted agents, such as sunitinib (SUTENT((R))) have become central to the management of advanced and/or metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). Sunitinib is an oral, multitargeted receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor that has demonstrated efficacy for the treatment of mRCC in multiple clinical trials. In a Phase III trial in previously untreated patients with mRCC, sunitinib was associated with median progression-free survival of 11 months, which was more than double that observed with interferon-alpha (5 months; p < 0.001). As a result, sunitinib is recommended in international treatment guidelines and is considered a reference standard of care in the first-line setting for patients at favorable or intermediate prognostic risk. Sunitinib is generally well tolerated with a predictable adverse-event profile; the majority of adverse events can be managed with standard medical intervention. This paper presents an overview of data supporting the use of sunitinib for mRCC, and considers the optimal management of sunitinib in clinical practice.

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