Anti-angiogenic therapy in pediatric brain tumors: An effective strategy?

Mariska Sie, Wilfred F. A. den Dunnen, Eelco W. Hoving, Eveline S. J. M. de Bont*

*Corresponding author voor dit werk

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Brain tumors are still the leading cause of cancer morbidity and mortality among children, despite different therapeutic options including neurosurgery, chemotherapy and radiation. As angiogenesis is highly crucial in brain tumor growth and progression, numerous clinical trials evaluating diverse anti-angiogenic agents have been described. In the present review, we aimed to answer the question if anti-angiogenic therapy is an effective strategy in the treatment of children with brain tumors. Although some encouraging results have been published of anti-angiogenic therapy targeting vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)/VEGF receptor signaling or epidermal growth factor receptor (EGER), still more insight is warranted to be highly conclusive about the efficacy of anti-angiogenic therapy with currently potential upcoming anti-angiogenic agents in pediatric brain tumors. However, given the need for new therapeutic strategies, multi targeted therapy with anti-angiogenic agents anticipating on possible tumor escape mechanisms could be effective in the future treatment of pediatric brain tumors. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)418-432
Aantal pagina's15
TijdschriftCritical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusPublished - mrt.-2014


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