VeriStrat® is a blood-based predictive and prognostic proteomic test for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer who test negative for EGFR mutations (EGFR wild-type) or whose EGFR mutation status is unknown. Veristrat was presented in April 2012.at the 3rd European Lung Cancer Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. The VeriStrat test was validated through a retrospective analysis was performed on serum samples from advanced non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients treated with the combination therapy of Avastin and plus erlotinib. VeriStrat test was able to identify patients likely to have better and worse survival outcomes in these trials.
A similar retrospective analysis of the Phase III trial, EGF30008, were presented at the 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Results showed that the VeriStrat test was able to identify a group of patients who have worse progression free survival (PFS) when treated with Femara alone, independent of Her2 status.
VeriStrat test may be useful for clinical decision-making, about treatment with erlotinib and erlotinib combinations. Prospective trials are ongoing, including a Phase III trial in advanced squamous cell lung cancer, sponsored by the European Thoracic Oncology group. Per the NCCN Guidelines for the treatment of nonsmall cell lung cancer, this testing (VeriStrat proteomic testing) is medically appropriate for patients with a performance status of 0 to 2 who had progression with initial chemotherapy treatment and may be candidates for treatment with erlotinib.
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NCCN, Non-small cell Lung Cancer, 2016
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