Regrowth resistance as a likely significant contributor to treatment failure in drug-sensitive neoplastic diseases

Cancer Invest. 1997;15(4):358-68. doi: 10.3109/07357909709039740.


Attempts to improve the effectiveness of therapy for neoplastic diseases have largely focused on increasing the cytotoxic efficacy of therapy. While this approach is logical, there is another approach, based on the concept of regrowth resistance, which offers an alternate means of improving treatment outcome. The term "regrowth resistance" refers to the reduction in treatment efficacy resulting from the regrowth of neoplastic cells between courses of therapy or even between doses of radiation therapy. Regrowth resistance is likely to play a significant role in determining the outcome of treatment in rapidly proliferating neoplasms. A reduction in the rate of tumor regrowth would increase the net effectiveness of cytotoxic therapy and would also inhibit the development of resistance to cytotoxic therapies.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Cell Division / drug effects
  • Cell Division / physiology
  • Drug Resistance, Neoplasm
  • Drug Screening Assays, Antitumor
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Treatment Failure