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Crizotinib is an orally available tyrosine kinase inhibitor, approved for treatment of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) and c-ros oncogene 1 (ROS1) rearrangement-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). According to the product leaflet, crizotinib capsules should be swallowed whole, and should not be crushed, dissolved or opened. However, this manner of administration is not always possible. At present, literature is lacking regarding the absorption of crizotinib via percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy (PEJ) tube. We report a case of a patient with ALK+ NSCLC who was administered crizotinib via PEJ tube. An adequate steady state crizotinib trough concentration was reached, resulting in a metabolic response. Safety for the caregiver was ensured since the administration of crizotinib was made without crushing or opening the capsule. This case supports the option for providing crizotinib via PEJ tube in patients who have ALK+ NSCLC and are unable to swallow whole capsules. This option might also apply to the administration of other ALK inhibitors.