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Successful treatment of advanced malignant fibrous histiocytoma of the right forearm with apatinib: a case report

Authors Ji G, Hong L, Yang P

Received 10 September 2015

Accepted for publication 21 December 2015

Published 5 February 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 643—647

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OTT.S96133

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Daniele Santini


Guanghui Ji,1 Liu Hong,2 Ping Yang3

1Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2Department of Pathology, 3Department of Oncology, Navy General Hospital, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Abstract: Malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH) is the most common soft-tissue sarcoma in late adult life. Unfortunately, advanced MFH has a poor prognosis due to a lack of effective drugs. We present here a case of advanced MFH with partial response to apatinib, a new potent oral small-molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor targeting the intracellular domain of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR-2). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report using apatinib for MFH. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis revealed high expression of VEGFR-2 mRNA, suggesting that apatinib leads to clinical response by inhibiting VEGFR-2 tyrosine kinase activity and the crucial role of VEGFR-2 for MFH. Apatinib could be a new option for the treatment of MFH. Further studies are needed to optimize the treatment.

Keywords: malignant fibrous histiocytoma, apatinib, chemotherapy, angiogenesis inhibitor, targeted therapy

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