Crizotinib in MET Exon 14-Mutated or MET-Amplified in Advanced Disease Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Retrospective, Single Institution Experience

Walid Shalata, Alexander Yakobson, Sarah Weissmann, Elron Oscar, Muhammed Iraqi, Waleed Kian, Nir Peled, Abed Agbarya

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Introduction: Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for most lung cancers and is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the USA. Alterations in c-MET, a tyrosine kinase receptor, have been involved in many cases of NSCLC progression and metastasis. Crizotinib and other tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) have been used in NSCLC treatment with limited success. Methods: In this retrospective observational study, we analyzed data from patients diagnosed with lung cancer at Soroka University Medical Center between January 2015 and January 2020. We investigated patient characteristics, including disease-associated mutation type and median survival in response to different TKI treatments. Results: A total of 780 patients with lung cancer were included in the study, 134 of whom had small cell lung cancer and 646 had NSCLC. Of the NSCLC patients, 403 were diagnosed with advanced or metastatic disease, and 374 underwent molecular testing. We identified 16 patients with either c-MET mutations or amplifications who were treated with crizotinib. Of these patients, 7 expressed a c-MET exon 14 skipping mutation while the remaining 9 patients expressed c-MET amplification. Among the patients with a c-MET exon 14 skip mutation, the overall survival was 22.8 months and the median progression-free survival (PFS) on crizotinib treatment was 12.4 months. Of the patients with c-MET amplification, the median overall survival was 5.4 months and the median PFS with crizotinib treatment was 2.6 months. Discussion and Conclusions: We analyzed the data of a series of cases describing patients diagnosed with different stages of NSCLC, having either a c-MET exon 14 skipping mutation or an amplification mutation, and treated with various TKIs, including crizotinib. We investigated the characteristics of these patient groups in accordance with mutation types and compared median survival between patient groups. Crizotinib was found to be an optimal treatment for NSCLC harboring c-MET exon 14 skipping mutations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-474
Number of pages8
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • C-MET
  • Crizotinib (Xalkori®)
  • Immunotherapy
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Tyrosine kinase inhibitors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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