Author(s): Pfeiffer P, Qvortrup C, Eriksen JG, Pfeiffer P, Qvortrup C, Eriksen JG
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Abstract In less than 10 years, the number and importance of non-surgical treatment modalities in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) have increased dramatically, both in the adjuvant and the advanced settings. However, despite the improvement of cytotoxic therapy in CRC, many patients still develop progressive disease and unfortunately in patients with disease resistant to 5-fluorouracil/folinic acid, irinotecan and oxaliplatin, no effective cytotoxic therapy is known. The rapidly expanding knowledge in tumor biology has encouraged optimism for the possibility to find and target tumor-specific mechanisms and thereby increase both efficacy and tolerance. A great number of 'targeted drugs' are being tested in clinical trials and some of these new drugs, like bevacizumab, cetuximab and panitumumab, are available for routine use in health care. These new targeted drugs will expand the therapeutic arsenal in CRC to a great extent, but they will also add to the complexity of treatment of CRC. In this review, we summarize the current status of antibody therapy in patients with CRC.
This article was published in Oncogene
and referenced in Journal of Liver