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Anti-Epidermal Growth Factor/Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Therapeutic Anti-cancer Drugs and the Wound Healing Process

Angel Casacó1*, Dasha Fuente2, Nuris Ledón1, Aymara Fernández1 and Tania Crombet1

1Centre for Molecular Immunology, Calle 15 esq. 16. Siboney, Playa, Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba. Po Box 16040, Havana 11600, Cuba

2Biomodels Unit, National Center for Laboratory Animal Breeding, Finca Tirabeque, Km 2 ½ Carretera Cacahual, Boyeros, Havana, Postal code 10800, Havana, Cuba

*Corresponding Author:
Angel Casacó MD, PhD
Centre for Molecular Immunology
Calle 15 esq. 16. Siboney
Playa, Ciudad de la Habana
Cuba. P O Box 16040
Habana 11600l, Cuba
Tel: (537) 214 3146
Fax: (537) 272 0644
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: August 07, 2012; Accepted date: September 10, 2012; Published date: September 12, 2012

Citation: Casacó A, Fuente D, Ledón N, Fernández A, Crombet T (2012) Anti- Epidermal Growth Factor/Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Therapeutic Anticancer Drugs and the Wound Healing Process. J Cancer Sci Ther 4: 324-329. doi: 10.4172/1948-5956.1000162

Copyright: © 2012 Casacó A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Cutaneous wound healing is a complex process involving blood clotting, inflammation, tissue formation, and tissue remodeling. Many experimental and clinical studies have demonstrated varied, but in most cases beneficial, effects of exogenous growth factors on the healing process. The use of targeted anti-cancer agents is increasing. It is common to utilize a multi-modal treatment approach towards solid tumors, often including surgical resection, and it has become apparent that some targeted agents can impair wound healing or cause increasing risk of perioperative complications. There are limited data regarding the wound healing process of anti-cancer target drugs blocking the EGF/EGFR system. The aim of this paper is to review and to comment the effects of anti- EGF/EGFR drugs on the skin wound healing process after programmed or emergency surgical procedures. A review of the current literature, including our own results, was undertaken. We included the monoclonal antibodies cetuximab, panitumumab, nimotuzumab; the small tyrosine kinase molecules erlotinib and gefitinib; and the EGFbased cancer vaccine; CIMAvax and the EGFR-based cancer vaccine; HER-1 vaccine. Apparently, there are no deleterious effects of the anti-EGF/EGFR drugs in the wound healing post-operative process. Taking into account that treatment with anti-EGF/EGFR drugs inhibits tumor cell proliferation, and the lack of deleterious effects of these EGF/EGFR specific inhibitors in the wound healing post-operative process; we suggest that these kinds of drugs could be maintained and their effects tested, with very special surveillance during the post-surgical period.


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