Use of anti-VEGF adjuvant therapy in cancer: challenges and rationale

Trends Mol Med. 2010 Mar;16(3):122-32. doi: 10.1016/j.molmed.2010.01.004. Epub 2010 Feb 26.


Several ongoing clinical studies are designed to test the efficacy of antiangiogenic therapies in the adjuvant setting, where the goal is to increase the cure rate in patients who have just undergone surgical resection of all visible disease. Tumors depend on angiogenesis to support their growth and progression and blockade of this process has proven to be a valid strategy for treating multiple types of advanced metastatic cancer. However, results from the first of these clinical adjuvant studies were disappointing, stimulating extensive debate as to the potential of this approach. It will require additional clinical studies before we realize whether the effects of angiogenic blockade are durable, and if they are able to cure a subset of patients with early stage cancer.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use*
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • Bevacizumab
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Drug Screening Assays, Antitumor
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / blood supply
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A / immunology


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