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Targeted therapy for esophagogastric cancers: a review

Authors Khattak, Martin, Karapetis C

Received 24 February 2012

Accepted for publication 27 March 2012

Published 21 May 2012 Volume 2012:5 Pages 91—102


Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Muhammad A Khattak,1 Hilary L Martin,2 Christos S Karapetis1,3

Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, South Australia; 2Calvary Hospital, Adelaide, SA, Australia; 3Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, Australia

Abstract: The incidence of esophagogastric cancers is increasing rapidly in the Western population. Despite better understanding of the biology and intense research in the treatment of these cancers, the long-term survival remains poor both in the locally advanced and metastatic settings. The addition of combined modality strategies has resulted in modest improvement in 5-year survival rates. A number of biologic agents targeting epidermal-derived growth factor receptor, vascular endothelial derived growth factor and its receptor, and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) are being currently evaluated in Phase II and III clinical trials. Some of these, like trastuzumab, cetuximab, and bevacizumab, have shown promising results. This review provides a brief overview of the recent developments in biologic agents for the treatment of esophagogastric cancers.

Keywords: adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, VEGF, trastuzumab, Her2- positive EGC

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