Importance of EGFR Testing

For the treatment of metastatic EGFRm NSCLC

Importance of EGFR Testing

Optimal treatment starts with a full molecular profile

~1 in 3 patients with metastatic lung adenocarcinoma has an actionable mutation, a genetic alteration that1-4

  • Drives the growth and spread of metastatic NSCLC
  • Can be targeted with therapy specific to the mutation

One missed patient is one too many—test all your mNSCLC patients for actionable mutations like EGFR

Phenotype is not genotype—test every patient with metastatic NSCLC for an EGFR mutation

Patients with mNSCLC should get EGFR testing, regardless of

Up to 38% of EGFR mutations could be missed if patients with smoking history are not tested5,6*

~1/3 of EGFR mutations could be missed if men are not tested7†


    EGFR mutations in adenocarcinoma NSCLC are present in various racial backgrounds5,8-10
  • Caucasians: ~20%
  • Latinos: ~23%§
  • African-Americans: ~19%||
  • Asians: ~51%

Up to 37% of EGFR mutations could be missed if patients ≥65 years old are not tested11-13¶

*Based on 2 ex-US studies of 13,160 patients with stage IIIB or IV NSCLC, 92% of whom had stage IV disease. 7925 patients had an EGFR mutation.6,7Based on a retrospective US study of patients with EGFRm NSCLC selected from the Flatiron database; 961 patients were selected for this study, and 94% had stage IV disease.7Based on a meta-analysis of 456 multinational studies with 115,815 patients; 153 studies included patients with stage III or IV disease. 30,466 patients had an EGFR muation.5§Rate includes all histologies. Based on a multinational study of 642 patients, 480 of whom were tested for EGFR. 93% of patients tested for EGFR had stage IIIB or IV disease. 105 patients had an EGFR mutation.9||Based on a review of 151 multinational studies including 33,162 patients. 9749 patients had EGFRm adenocarcinoma.10Based on 4 multinational studies of 1334 patients with EGFRm NSCLC, 96% of whom had stage IIIB or IV disease.11-13

NCCN® recommends clinicopathologic features such as ethnicity, smoking status, or histology NOT be used to select patients for molecular testing14

NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) recommend14

  • Testing for actionable molecular alterations in patients with metastatic nonsquamous NSCLC at diagnosis
  • Treating patients based on test results

PD-L1 positive does not mean EGFR negative15,16

Patients with an EGFR mutation may also express PD-L1

  • PD-L1 is not an actionable mutation—it is a protein expressed on the tumor cell surface


Up to 70% of EGFRm mNSCLC patients also express at least 1% PD-L1

No single-agent or combination immunotherapies are FDA-approved for treatment-naïve EGFRm mNSCLC patients22-24

Treatment-naïve metastatic EGFRm NSCLC patients were excluded in 8 pivotal first-line immunotherapy trials25-32*

*KEYNOTE-189, KEYNOTE-021 Cohort G, KEYNOTE-042, KEYNOTE-024, CHECKMATE 026, CHECKMATE 227, IMpower130, IMpower150. In the IMpower130 and IMpower150 trials, EGFRm positive patients were allowed only after progression on EGFR-TKI therapy or intolerance to EGFR TKI treatment.22-24

How to test for mNSCLC mutations

Testing tissue and plasma concurrently increased detection of actionable mutations Testing tissue and plasma concurrently increased detection of actionable mutations

adequate tissue collection—quantity and quality matter14,33

actionable mutations for optimal treatment34


plasma testing to detect more actionable mutations

  • Plasma testing has >98% concordance with tissue testing across 4 actionable mutation types, with a median turnaround time of 9 days35
  • Testing plasma and tissue concurrently increased detection of actionable mutations by 17% over mutations found in tissue36
  • In patients who were unable to have a tissue biopsy, ~1 of 5 were found to have actionable mutations with plasma testing36*

*Single-center, prospective US study pf 323 patients with stage IV NSCLC using next-generation sequencing as the testing platform.36

Test. Know. Treat.

In mNSCLC, optimal treatment starts with knowing the driver of your patient’s disease


for actionable mutations
  • NCCN® recommends testing all patients with metastatic nonsquamous NSCLC for actionable mutations, including EGFR, ALK, ROS1, and BRAF14
  • Using both tissue and plasma testing can help identify more patients with actionable mutations34,35


Your patient’s full molecular profile
  • Obtain all molecular test results before first-line treatment, if clinically feasible14
  • Molecular testing results should be used to determine the optimal first-line therapy option15,37


EGFRm mNSCLC patients with an EGFR TKI
  • EGFR TKIs are the standard of care for first-line therapy in metastatic EGFRm NSCLC33
Don’t miss a patient who could be eligible for first-line TAGRISSO

TAGRISSO is indicated for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 19 deletions or exon 21 L858R mutations, as detected by an FDA-approved test.


TAGRISSO is designed to inhibit EGFR sensitizing and resistance mutations38-41

TAGRISSO is a third-generation, irreversible EGFR TKI designed to

  • Inhibit EGFR sensitizing mutations—exon 19 del and L858R mutations
  • Inhibit mutated EGFR with the T790M resistance mutation
  • Have lower activity against wild-type EGFR
TAGRISSO (osimertinib) Mechanism of Action TAGRISSO (osimertinib) Mechanism of Action

TAGRISSO crossed the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in preclinical models.38,42,43 TAGRISSO crossed the intact BBB in a study of healthy humans44*

||Study description: Eight (8) healthy male volunteers (age 52±8 years) were examined for ~90 minutes with PET imaging after single intravenous microdose (1.3 mcg; range 1.1-1.4 mcg) of 11C-labeled TAGRISSO. Concentrations of 11C-labeled TAGRISSO were also measured in arterial and venous blood and plasma. Brain MRI was acquired and used for co-registration of PET data and automatic delineation of regions of interest in the brain. PK parameters Cmax (brain), Tmax (brain) and AUC0–90 min brain/blood ratio were calculated. Safety and tolerability monitoring included recording of AEs, vital signs and ECG.44

ALK, anaplastic lymphoma kinase; BRAF, B-Raf proto-oncogene; EGFR, epidermal growth factor receptor; EGFRm, epidermal growth factor receptor mutant; IO, immunotherapy; L858R, substitution of lysine for arginine at amino acid position 858; mNSCLC, metastatic non-small cell lung cancer; NSCLC, non-small cell lung cancer; PD-L1, programmed death-ligand 1; ROS1, ROS proto-oncogene 1; TKI, tyrosine kinase inhibitor; T790M, substitution of threonine for methionine at position 790; WT, wild-type

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Important Safety Information Expand

  • There are no contraindications for TAGRISSO

  • Interstitial lung disease (ILD)/pneumonitis occurred in 3.9% of the 1142 TAGRISSO-treated patients; 0.4% of cases were fatal. Withhold TAGRISSO and promptly investigate for ILD in patients who present with worsening of respiratory symptoms which may be indicative of ILD (eg, dyspnea, cough and fever). Permanently discontinue TAGRISSO if ILD is confirmed

  • Heart rate-corrected QT (QTc) interval prolongation occurred in TAGRISSO-treated patients. Of the 1142 TAGRISSO-treated patients in clinical trials, 0.9% were found to have a QTc >500 msec, and 3.6% of patients had an increase from baseline QTc >60 msec. No QTc-related arrhythmias were reported. Conduct periodic monitoring with ECGs and electrolytes in patients with congenital long QTc syndrome, congestive heart failure, electrolyte abnormalities, or those who are taking medications known to prolong the QTc interval. Permanently discontinue TAGRISSO in patients who develop QTc interval prolongation with signs/symptoms of life-threatening arrhythmia

  • Cardiomyopathy occurred in 2.6% of the 1142 TAGRISSO-treated patients; 0.1% of cardiomyopathy cases were fatal. A decline in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≥10% from baseline and to <50% LVEF occurred in 3.9% of 908 patients who had baseline and at least one follow-up LVEF assessment. Conduct cardiac monitoring, including assessment of LVEF at baseline and during treatment, in patients with cardiac risk factors. Assess LVEF in patients who develop relevant cardiac signs or symptoms during treatment. For symptomatic congestive heart failure, permanently discontinue TAGRISSO

  • Keratitis was reported in 0.7% of 1142 patients treated with TAGRISSO in clinical trials. Promptly refer patients with signs and symptoms suggestive of keratitis (such as eye inflammation, lacrimation, light sensitivity, blurred vision, eye pain and/or red eye) to an ophthalmologist

  • Postmarketing cases consistent with Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and erythema multiforme major (EMM) have been reported in patients receiving TAGRISSO. Withhold TAGRISSO if SJS or EMM is suspected and permanently discontinue if confirmed

  • Verify pregnancy status of females of reproductive potential prior to initiating TAGRISSO. Advise pregnant women of the potential risk to a fetus. Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment with TAGRISSO and for 6 weeks after the final dose. Advise males with female partners of reproductive potential to use effective contraception for 4 months after the final dose

  • Most common adverse reactions (≥20%) were diarrhea, rash, dry skin, nail toxicity, stomatitis, fatigue and decreased appetite


  • TAGRISSO is indicated for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 19 deletions or exon 21 L858R mutations, as detected by an FDA-approved test

  • TAGRISSO is indicated for the treatment of patients with metastatic EGFR T790M mutation-positive NSCLC, as detected by an FDA-approved test, whose disease has progressed on or after EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy

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