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Current available therapies and future directions in the treatment of malignant gliomas

Authors Desjardins A, Reardon DA, Vredenburgh J

Published 17 December 2008 Volume 2009:3 Pages 15—25


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Annick Desjardins1,2, David A Reardon1,3, James J Vredenburgh1,2

1The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center; 2Department of Medicine; 3Department of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

Abstract: The prognosis of patients diagnosed with malignant glioma (MG) remains poor. However, recent advances in neuro-oncology allowing a better understanding of this particular disease have allowed the development of new therapeutics. Many molecular genetic and signal transduction pathway targets have been identified that are now being investigated. Novel locoregional treatments, as well as strategies to improve regional delivery, are being evaluated. Studies of combinations of these approaches are also underway. In this review, we will discuss the current and future therapies under evaluation for the treatment of malignant gliomas.

Keywords: glioma, glioblastoma, targeted therapy, kinase inhibitor

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