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Minerva Ginecologica 2002 February;54(1):33-52

language: Italian

Growth factors in epithelial ovarian cancer

Piccinno R., Puopolo M., Rigault De La Longrais I. A., Fracchioli S., Massobrio M., Katsaros D.


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The aim of this study was to provide an up-to-date review of the knowledge on the role of the main growth factors involved in the onset and progression of epithelial ovarian cancer (Transforming Growth Factor a-TGFa, Trans-forming Growth Factor-TGFb, Epidermal Growth Factor-EGF, Insulin-Like Growth Factor-IGF, Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor-VEGF). Relevant articles published between 1991 and 2001 were identified using the Medline database. Publications identified by the search were reviewed and critically evaluated for their relevance to growth factors role in ovarian cancer. This review may be useful for clinicians wishing to study the biological mechanisms involved in epithelial ovarian neoplasms, in order to evaluate the possible value of Growth Factors as prognostic or predictive markers which could lead to novel therapeutic regimens, fitting individual needs based on single biological variations.

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