Anti-angiogenic therapy in glioblastoma multiforme


Author(s): Paulina Kozakiewicz

Glioblastoma multiforme is the most common brain malignan-cy in adults. It is also highly aggressive and characterized by very poor prognosis. Surgical resection of the tumor remains the basic treatment that significantly improves survival. Moreover, adjuvant chemoradiotherapy is the standard-of-care. Glioblastoma multiforme has a very complex genetic profile; various genetic abnormalities have been discovered in cells of this type of tumor. Despite growing interest in tar-geted therapies in oncology, no breakthrough offering suc-cessful treatment of glioblastoma multiforme has occurred. Owing to the tumor’s rich vasculature, antiangiogentic the-rapies seem promising. An association between carcinogene-sis and tumor vasculature was observed in 1970s. At present, the only FDA-approved drug targeting antiogenesis-stimula-ting factor is bevacizumab. In recent years, more and more new antiangiogenic therapies have been investigated in both monotherapy and combined treatment of glioblastoma mul-tiforme with different success rates. This article presents an overview of the most explored therapies.

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  • Andrzej Zdziennicki

    Institute of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Medical University of Lodz, I Clinic of Gynecology and Gynecological Oncology (Lodz, Poland)

  • Krzysztof Urbanski

    Head of the Oncology Gynecology Clinic, Oncology Center - Instytut im. Maria Sklodowska Curie, Department in Krakow (Krakow, Poland)

  • Andrzej Szawlowski

    Klinika Nowotworow Gornego Odcinka Uklad Digestii, Oncology Center - Institute (Warsaw, Poland)

  • Skowronska-Gardas

    Department of Radiotherapy, Oncology Center-Institute (Warsaw, Poland)

  • Serban-Dan Costa

    Head of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic of the University of Otto von Guericke (Magdeburg, Germany)