This study is for patients that have advanced squamous cell lung cancer and has two steps: the initial screening step where we will examine tumor tissue and the sub-study treatment step where patients will be assigned to a treatment sub-study that is chosen based on the screening results.
The purpose of the study screening step is to perform genetic tests on patient tumor samples for certain features that investigational targeted agents used in this study are specifically designed to work against. Then the purpose is to assign patients to a treatment sub-study that is chosen based on the results (genes and proteins called “biomarkers”) of this genetic testing on the patient's tumor sample.
The purpose of the treatment part of this study is to compare the effects, good and bad, of these investigational agents to the usual approach to treating your type of cancer.
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