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A Case of ALK-Rearranged Combined Lung Adenocarcinoma and Neuroendocrine Carcinoma with Diffuse Bone Metastasis and Partial Response to Alectinib Lim, Chloe A. R.; Banyi, Norbert; Tucker, Tracy; Ionescu, Diana N.; Melosky, Barbara


We report a rare case of stage IV pulmonary combined large-cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC) and adenocarcinoma (ACA), both demonstrating anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) rearrangement by IHC and FISH. This 61-year-old lifelong nonsmoking Asian woman presented with a cough, and after diagnosis and surgical treatment, completed four cycles of adjuvant cisplatin and etoposide chemotherapy. She subsequently developed recurrence with bony metastases of exclusively ALK-positive LCNEC. Alectinib was started, and the patient experienced a partial response.

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