A review of bevacizumab in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma

Future Oncol. 2017 Dec;13(28):2537-2546. doi: 10.2217/fon-2017-0307. Epub 2017 Sep 20.


Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive cancer with poor prognosis. Systemic chemotherapy is the primary treatment modality for the majority of patients. VEGF plays a key mitogen for MPM cells physiopathology. Bevacizumab, a monoclonal anti-VEGF antibody, was a rational approach to be tested in MPM. Based on the results of the Phase III IFCT-0701 mesothelioma avastin cisplatin pemetrexed study, cisplatin-pemetrexed-bevacizumab is now the accepted standard in France. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines have also included this combination as an option for standard front-line therapy. This review summarized the efficacy and safety data of bevacizumab in the treatment of patients with MPM.

Keywords: angiogenesis inhibitor; bevacizumab; malignant pleural mesothelioma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors / chemistry
  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors / pharmacology
  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological / chemistry
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological / pharmacology
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological / therapeutic use*
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / adverse effects
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use
  • Bevacizumab / chemistry
  • Bevacizumab / pharmacology
  • Bevacizumab / therapeutic use*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Drug Evaluation, Preclinical
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Lung Neoplasms / mortality
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Mesothelioma / drug therapy*
  • Mesothelioma / mortality
  • Mesothelioma / pathology
  • Mesothelioma, Malignant
  • Molecular Targeted Therapy
  • Pleural Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Pleural Neoplasms / mortality
  • Pleural Neoplasms / pathology
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological
  • Bevacizumab