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Metastatic lung-cell cancer treatment with Erlotinib: its cutaneous side effects and practical management advice

Erlotinib-related skin toxicities: treatment strategies in patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.

Kiyohara Y, Yamazaki N, Kishi A.

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013 Sep;69(3):463-72. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2013.02.025.

  • Targeted treatments against cancers have enhanced therapeutic properties as compared with older treatments. But with this also comes an array of new unwanted side-effects which are the results of these specific targets.
  • Erlotinib (metastatic non-small cell lung cancer) is no exception and with the side-effects also comes a mangement plan:
  1. Acneiform rash
  2. Xeroderma
  3. Pruritus
  4. Paronychia
  • The authors also cover other side-effects, preventive measures as well as indications when erlotinib should be stopped.

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Dr Christophe Hsu – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland