Update on anti-angiogenic treatment for malignant gliomas

Curr Oncol Rep. 2014 Apr;16(4):380. doi: 10.1007/s11912-014-0380-6.


Malignant gliomas are the most common primary brain tumor found in adults. Unfortunately, the prognosis for these type of tumors remains dismal despite aggressive treatment with surgical resection, radiation and chemotherapy. Therefore, therapeutics aimed at disrupting the angiogenesis of these tumors is being utilized in to improve survival outcomes and quality of life. This paper reviews the history of antiangiogenic agents in malignant gliomas, discusses the FDA approval of bevacizumab as monotherapy in recurrent glioblastoma and the subsequent controversy, and analyzes the most recent newly diagnosed trials of RTOG 0825 and AVAglio. Additionally, the results of the latest trials with antiangiogenic agents and possible biomarkers are reviewed. Multiple questions remain regarding the potential benefit of antiangiogenic treatments in patients with glioblastoma. Future clinical trials should be designed to learn more about these drugs, to optimize their future use.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Central Nervous System Neoplasms / blood supply*
  • Central Nervous System Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Glioma / blood supply*
  • Glioma / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / drug therapy*


  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors