oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Demographic profile of lung cancer patients at the Universitas Academic Hospital Bronchoscopy Unit in Bloemfontein : brief report

Volume 27, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



The prevalence of lung cancers with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations in South Africa is not known. In the absence of the routine availability of laboratory assays to test for the presence of EGFR mutations, certain demographic and clinical features might be used to predict a response to treatment with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor in patients with lung cancer. These features include East-Asian ethnicity, female gender, non-smokers, and those with adenocarcinoma.

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