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Subsequent anti-VEGF therapy after first-line anti-EGFR therapy improved overall survival of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer

Authors Qiu TZ, Chen WS, Li P, Sun J, Gu YH, Chen XF

Received 14 August 2017

Accepted for publication 24 November 2017

Published 22 January 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 465—471


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Yao Dai

Tianzhu Qiu,1,* Wensen Chen,2,* Ping Li,1 Jing Sun,1 Yanhong Gu,1 Xiaofeng Chen1

1Department of Oncology, First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China; 2Infection Management Office, First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Abstract: Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths worldwide. Due to targeted therapy, overall survival (OS) of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients has been significantly increased over the past decade. However, the best sequencing of the therapeutic agents to be used in RAS wild-type subgroup is still under research. To determine the efficacy of targeted therapy, we collected randomized controlled trials which included patients receiving anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) monoclonal antibody as first-line therapy in RAS/KRAS wild-type mCRC. In our study, we found that OS was significantly improved by anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agent after first-line anti-EGFR therapy. Our results revealed that it is a sensible treatment strategy to try anti-VEGF agent after first-line combination therapy with anti-EGFR monoclonal antibody for RAS/KRAS wild-type mCRC.

Keywords: metastatic colorectal cancer, targeted therapy, overall survival

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