Recent Advances in Targeting ROS1 in Lung Cancer

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ROS1 is a validated therapeutic target in NSCLC. In a phase I study, the multitargeted MET proto-oncogene, receptor tyrosine kinase/anaplastic lymphoma kinase/ROS1 inhibitor crizotinib demonstrated remarkable efficacy in ROS1-rearranged NSCLCs and consequently gained approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration and by the European Medicines Agency in 2016. However, similar to other oncogene-driven lung cancers, ROS1-rearranged lung cancers treated with crizotinib eventually acquire resistance, leading to disease relapse. Novel ROS1 inhibitors and therapeutic strategies are therefore needed. Insights into the mechanisms of resistance to ROS1-directed tyrosine kinase inhibitors are now beginning to emerge and are helping to guide the development of new ROS1 inhibitors. This review discusses the biology and diagnosis of ROS1-rearranged NSCLC, and current and emerging treatment options for this disease. Future challenges in the field are highlighted.

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