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Progress report on the potential of angiogenesis inhibitors for neuro-oncology.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15565816     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
New therapies for brain tumors are urgently needed. Brain tumors are highly vascularized, supporting the potential of anti-angiogenic therapies in their treatment. The promise of blocking tumor growth through inhibiting new blood vessel formation with anti-angiogenic agents has been heralded as a therapeutic breakthrough, and pre-clinical data supported this enthusiasm. However, early clinical trials in humans have been somewhat disappointing. Nonetheless, great optimism for these agents remains, and many new anti-angiogenic agents and strategies are being evaluated pre-clinically and in clinical trials. A number of issues need to be considered in the application of these agents to neuro-oncology. In this review, we discuss the biology of blood vessel formation in the brain and brain tumors as it relates to anti-angiogenic therapies. The difficulties inherent in performing clinical trials of anti-angiogenic therapies in patients with brain tumors are outlined. Finally, we consider numerous individual antiangiogenic and antivascular therapies now in pre-clinical testing or in clinical trials.
Benjamin Purow; Howard A Fine
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cancer investigation     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0735-7907     ISO Abbreviation:  Cancer Invest.     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-11-29     Completed Date:  2004-12-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8307154     Medline TA:  Cancer Invest     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  577-87     Citation Subset:  IM    
Neuro-Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-4089, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Angiogenesis Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use
Brain Neoplasms / blood supply,  drug therapy*
Clinical Trials as Topic
Neovascularization, Pathologic
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Angiogenesis Inhibitors; 0/Antineoplastic Agents

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