Bevacizumab in colorectal cancer: current and future directions

Expert Rev Anticancer Ther. 2012 Oct;12(10):1263-73. doi: 10.1586/era.12.104. Epub 2012 Oct 31.


Bevacizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody to VEGF-A, an important therapeutic target through its proangiogenic effects on a variety of tumors. Bevacizumab has demonstrated clinically meaningful benefit in conjunction with chemotherapy for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer as well as other tumor types. Bevacizumab is a well-tolerated therapy with regard to toxicity, in keeping with its biological vascular effect. In this era of personalized medicine, current Phase II and III trials are further defining its role at various stages of metastatic disease and the optimal sequencing with cytotoxic and other targeted agents to achieve further improvements in patient outcome. Translational research for biomarker discovery and validation and further study into mechanisms of resistance are essential for future development and sustained benefit with this class of therapeutic agents.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors / adverse effects
  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors / pharmacokinetics
  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors / pharmacology
  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized / adverse effects
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized / pharmacokinetics
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized / pharmacology
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized / therapeutic use*
  • Bevacizumab
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / blood supply
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Drug Resistance, Neoplasm
  • Humans
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic


  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • Bevacizumab