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Current Drug Targets


ISSN (Print): 1389-4501
ISSN (Online): 1873-5592

Review Article

The Benefits and Side Effects of Bevacizumab for the Treatment of Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

Author(s): Wenwen Zhang, Zhaojun Shen, Hui Luo, Xiaoli Hu, Lihong Zheng and Xueqiong Zhu*

Volume 18 , Issue 10 , 2017

Page: [1125 - 1131] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/1389450117666160502150237

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Background: Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of deaths attributable to gynecologic malignancies. Late diagnosis and a high tendency of metastasis and drug resistance often lead to recurrence and poor outcomes. Anti-angiogenesis is considered a promising therapeutic strategy for recurrent ovarian cancers. Anti-VEGF body, bevacizumab, is an angiogenesis inhibitor with demonstrated activity and tolerable toxicity.

Objective: To elucidate the benefits and side effects of bevacizumab for the therapy of recurrent ovarian cancer.

Methods: Reviewed the results of published clinical trials.

Results: Recent Phase II studies indicated that bevacizumab monotherapy or in combination with conventional or other anti-angiogenic chemotherapy reagents could be effective for recurrent (platinum- sensitive and -resistant) ovarian cancers. Additionally, two phase III randomized trials reached similar conclusions that in either platinum-sensitive or -resistant ovarian cancers, adding bevacizumab to chemotherapy can improve progression-free survival. Despite the general recognition of bevacizumab as a well-tolerated drug in recurrent ovarian cancer patients, oncologists have become aware of the significant risks associated with gastrointestinal perforation.

Conclusion: Bevacizumab used alone or combined with other chemotherapy reagents is efficacious and tolerable in the treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer.

Keywords: Bevacizumab, chemotherapy, efficacy, ovarian cancer, recurrent, safety, chemotherapy.

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