Bevacizumab in the treatment of colorectal cancer

Expert Opin Biol Ther. 2007 May;7(5):739-49. doi: 10.1517/14712598.7.5.739.


Colorectal cancer is a common disease with therapy that has a proven effectiveness in the adjuvant and metastatic setting. Bevacizumab, a vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor, is an antiangiogenesis monoclonal antibody that has benefit in response rate and overall survival when used in combination with existing metastatic colorectal cancer regimens. It is well tolerated with a few important side effects to be cognizant of, including hypertension, arterial thrombosis and bowel perforation. Existing treatment and research strategies are examining its use in the adjuvant setting or in combination with other angiogenesis inhibitors.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors / adverse effects
  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / adverse effects
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use*
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • Bevacizumab
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / blood supply
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / metabolism
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / prevention & control*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A / immunology*
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A / metabolism


  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A
  • Bevacizumab