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Chin J Cancer Res. 2013 Feb;25(1):90-4. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.1000-9604.2012.12.07.

Efficacy and safety evaluation of icotinib in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

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Department of pulmonary medicine, Shanghai Chest Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200030, China.



To evaluate the efficacy and safety of icotinib hydrochloride in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).


A total of 89 patients with stage IIIB or IV NSCLC received icotinib at a dose of 125 mg administered 3 times a day. Icotinib treatment was continued until disease progression or development of unacceptable toxicity.


A total of 89 patients were assessable. In patients treated with icotinib, the overall response rate (RR) was 36.0% (32/89), and the disease control rate (DCR) was 69.7% (62/89). RR and DCR were significantly improved in patients with adenocarcinoma versus non-adenocarcinoma (P<0.05). The symptom improvement rate was 57.3% (51/89), and the main symptoms improved were cough, pain, chest distress, dyspnea, and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status. The main toxic effects were rash [30/89 (33.7%)] and diarrhea [15/89 (16.9%)]. The level of toxicity was typically low.


The use of icotinib hydrochloride in the treatment of advanced NSCLC is efficacious and safe, and its toxic effects are tolerable.


Icotinib; non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); targeted therapy

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